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Social Work Team Leader

Royal Women's Hospital - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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JOB DESCRIPTION


Abortion and Contraception Team Leader, Social Work Department


Fixed Term Position


4 days a week- (2 days fixed term until June 30, 2022 and 2 days fixed term until June 30, 2023) 


The Royal Women’s Hospital


The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of newborns and women of all ages. To join the Women’s is to be instrumental in forging progress towards health equity for women from ground-breaking research through to the bedside delivery of multi-disciplinary clinical care.


Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of everything we do for our patients, their families, and our people across our specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.


Department/Unit Specific Overview


Social Work at The Women’s aims to improve the psychosocial health and well-being of patients and babies attending The Women’s. Social Work embraces a view of health that is holistic and considers patients social, physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing. The Royal Women’s Hospital provides pregnancy termination as part of its public health responsibility to provide safe health care to Victorian people. The Abortion and Contraception team is part of the Social Work Department and provides an intake service for people who are seeking an abortion. The social workers provide telephone and face to face counselling support and advocacy, information and referral to appropriate community services for these patients who have complex needs and social situations.


Position Purpose


The Team leader has a clinical leadership role in ensuring excellence in patient care, education and support of staff and students, and fostering staff development through the provision of supervision and other professional development opportunities. The Team leader is responsible for ensuring the maintenance of high-quality direct service work by the social workers. The team leader will also work a minimum of 65% of time in providing direct clinical practice to people who are seeking abortion and contraception.


Your contribution


Your duties will include (but are not limited to) the following:



  • Provide leadership to the Abortion and Contraception social work team in relation to knowledge of current research and best practice in the area of Abortion care including counselling and advocacy for patients

  • Work a minimum of 65% of time in providing direct clinical practice including participation in the intake service and provision of clinical care to patients including short-term options and post termination counselling.

  • Provide a high quality evidence-based Social Work service at the Women’s including psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, short-term options and post termination counselling, bereavement care, advocacy, community liaison, referral and discharge planning

  • Possess a high level theoretical understanding and an intersectional approach to your clinical practice in relation to working with victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and knowledge of working with complex trauma

  • Provide the team of social workers with the opportunity to debrief after complex or distressing intakes and interventions including counselling sessions

  • Work closely with the multi-disciplinary team involved in the care of patients and their families

  • Involve patients/carers in the decision making of treatment goals and discharge

  • Motivate and help your team members set performance goals, and then track results and evaluate performance effectiveness

  • Participate in the Social Work on call roster on weekends and public holidays



About you


To be successful within this role you will need to have:



  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers

  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience as a credentialed social worker

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Excellent knowledge of the psychosocial issues arising for people experiencing unplanned pregnancy and how this impacts their physical, social and emotional health

  • High level theoretical understanding and an intersectional approach to your clinical practice in relation to working with victim/survivors of family violence and sexual assault and knowledge of working with complex trauma

  • Capacity to work effectively in a changing organisational environment

  • Demonstrated ability in establishing and maintaining partnerships and relationships and work in partnership across different organisations in health and the community sector


Our offering


When you join the Women’s you unite with talented people who share your purpose and unwavering determination to advance health outcomes for all women. You will find a workplace that is collaborative, progressive and passionate about learning and working together in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure you find the exceptional in your everyday.


Our staff benefits program includes salary packaging, on-site car parking and childcare (subject to availability), alongside a range of discounted financial, lifestyle and wellbeing benefits provided by our staff benefit partners. To learn more, please visit: www.thewomens.org.au/careers/why-work-at-the-womens/staff-benefits/


We are proudly Breastfeeding Association accredited. The Women’s is committed to gender equity principles and our people have an awareness of and sensitive approach to violence against women/family violence matters.


The Women’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, people with lived experience of disability and people who identify as LGBTI.


It is a policy of the Women's to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability. If you need assistance or adjustments to fully participate in the application or interview process, please contact the hiring manager listed under 'Contact Person'


Ready to make the move?


For more information about the position, please see the Position Description attached and apply online by selecting “apply now” below.


All appointments to the Women’s are subject to a satisfactory clearance of Working with Children Check and Police Check.


If you would like to receive this information/publication in an accessible format (such as large print or audio) please call our HR Enquiries line on: 03 8345 2080, or email HR.Enquiries@thewomens.org.au


Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical




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