Social work

Our social workers provide a range of service to patients, families and any person who experiences social and emotional difficulties related to their acute admission or health condition/chronic illness.

All of our social workers are trained professionals who have completed a university degree and are guided by the Australian Association of Social Workers'Code of Ethics (external site). Social work practice is underpinned by the principles of social justice, compassion and self determination.

We can assist you with:

  • assessment of your current social situation, your needs and wishes and work with you and the multidisciplinary team in discharge planning, arranging family meetings, provision of information and linking you with community support services
  • short term counselling for patients and carers on grief and loss, relationships and other emotional factors
  • assistance with financial and legal issues
  • advocacy
  • education and information

The service is available during normal working hours to inpatients and to some outpatient services including Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT), community rehabilitation and antenatal care.

Our areas of specialty include:


General practitioners (GPs) can refer directly for some outpatient services via the community rehabilitation service using the allied health referral form (PDF 82 KB).

These include referrals for rehabilitation, aged care (including ACAT, Memory Clinic and Falls Clinic). Referrals to the community rehabilitation service can be faxed directly to 9391 2262.

Contact us

General service: 9391 2000
Mental Health: 9391 2400

Operating hours

Monday to Friday:

All services
8.30am to 4.30pm

Weekend services:

Saturday and Sunday:
12.30pm to 4.30pm

ED Care Co-ordination
Saturday: 8.30am to 2.30pm
Sunday: 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Outpatient referrals

Social work outpatient referral form (PDF 82KB)