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Social Worker, Grade 3 | Correctional Health


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  • Part Time Permanent (0.4 EFT, 15.2 hours per week)
  • Located in Truganina, Western Suburbs
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Correctional health allowance and salary packaging
  • Free car parking

About the Company
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) is part of St Vincent’s Health Australia and a leading teaching, research and tertiary health service which employs more than 6,500 staff across 18 sites throughout Melbourne. SVHM provides a diverse range of adult clinical services including acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, medical diagnostics, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, palliative care, correctional health and community residential care. SVHM is one of Australia's leading Catholic not-for-profit healthcare providers.

About Department

The Social Work Department at SVHM is recognised as a leader in developing and delivering best clinical practice to highly vulnerable groups and people experiencing all forms of minority stress as well as a widely respected Aboriginal Health Unit.

This newly created role presents an exciting new opportunity for a clinician committed to practice in the dual role of health and corrections, and to join the SVHM social work team, who also work across St Vincent’s Hospital in Fitzroy, St Vincent’s on the Park in East Melbourne and St George’s Hospital in Kew.

Why work for St Vincent's Correctional Health Service?

  • Make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable patients
  • Use your skills and experience to support a multidisciplinary team
  • Career development opportunities in a growing service
  • Unique and rewarding work environment

About the Role

An expansion of Port Phillip Prison – St John’s Unit (40 beds) has provided an opportunity to develop a permanent Social Work Grade 3 role.

The role would be suited to a dynamic and compassionate social worker who has had experience in a correctional health setting, as you will be a part of developing a brand new role.

The successful candidate will be provided with a comprehensive and flexible professional development program, as well as structured supervision and support for clinical decision making. Should there be interest, there is opportunity to work at different sites within SVHM, further enhancing career progression.

With a strong focus on innovative service delivery and continuous practice improvement, you will also benefit from the knowledge and support of a senior team who is dedicated to research and quality improvement.

Classifications for this position will range from Social Worker Grade 3 SC31 – SC34 $93,800 - $107,200 per annum).

About You

You will have highly developed skills in assessment and complex discharge planning, as well as the ability to work autonomously and as part of a multi-disciplinary team. You will contribute to positive outcomes for patients via the provision of high quality social work service, using proficient clinical skills, effective communication and collaboration.

You are a motivated, engaging, and compassionate person who is looking to make a difference in the lives of those who are vulnerable. You are a team player and a respectful and professional person who demonstrates a high level of moral values, interpersonal and influencing skills and strives to deliver consistency in all that you do. You possess attributes including resilience, integrity and the ability to think on your feet.


  • Master a working understanding of the health and correctional interface.
  • Undertake comprehensive health screening, assessment, treatment, management and discharge planning of allocated patients
  • Promote and foster clinical excellence and high standards of social work service delivery
  • Participate in multidisciplinary meetings, case conferences, ward rounds and other clinical management meetings for team based care planning.
  • Coordinate or contribute to allocated/agreed portfolios, projects and research activities

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor of Social Work Degree/Qualifying Masters Degree
  • Diverse and comprehensive experience in a relevant field to the position (3 years experience as a minimum is required)
  • The ability to demonstrate requisite knowledge of the Victorian Correctional System is advantageous
  • Holding membership of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW)
  • Holds a current Victorian driver’s licence


  • Correctional Health Allowance and Salary packaging (increase your take home pay)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free Staff Car Park
  • Comprehensive orientation


  • Please attach your resume and cover letter to your application.

At SVHM we acknowledge the importance of creating a work environment that is welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. If you would like further information, contact our Indigenous Recruitment Coordinator through our careers page.

SVHA has a duty of care under work health and safety legislation to eliminate and/or control the risk of transmission of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) in healthcare settings. You are therefore required to comply with the SVHA Staff Health Screening Immunisation Policy, which, depending on the role you perform in the organisation will require you to undergo mandatory immunisations/vaccinations (including flu vaccinations).

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately. We encourage you to apply promptly as the advertisement may close early should a suitable applicant be sourced.