Social Workers employed by Queensland Health work in multi-disciplinary teams in hospitals, community health centres and child development centres.
Patients are referred to social workers for counselling and support after suffering loss or bereavement, attempted suicide or self-harm, child abuse/neglect, a major health crisis, domestic violence or language or cultural barriers.
Queensland Health offers employment opportunities for social workers in the following areas of clinical practice:
- psychiatric and general mental health
- family, youth and child and welfare services
- community health
- palliative care
- aged care
- maternal health
- emergency department
- hospital in-patient services (including intensive care).
Requirements to practise
Social workers wishing to practise in Queensland must possess tertiary level qualifications (Bachelor or Masters) providing eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
Internationally qualified social workers
Internationally trained social workers must undergo an assessment by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) to determine eligibility for membership prior to being allowed to work for Queensland Health.