Where you'll be working
St George Mental Health Service
Located on the St George Hospital campus, Kogarah
What you'll be doing
The vision for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is exceptional care, healthier lives’. SESLHD is committed to enabling our community to be healthy and well, and to providing the best possible compassionate care when people need it.
The Welfare Officer Level 1 / 2 is responsible and accountable for providing a professional service to inpatient consumers and their family / carers of the St George Mental Health Service.
The position assesses and identifies consumers’ welfare needs and undertakes appropriate interventions; provides information, assistance and support to consumers, families and / or carers as required;
provides advice on eligibility for benefit entitlements, assists with applications, and liaises with government agencies to ensure entitlements are received and maintained;
and develops and maintains welfare resources for consumers, families, carers and other clinicians.
SESLHD is committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community. This will help ensure our employees, our patients and their carers, feel supported.
We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply.
Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.
Selection Criteria :
Qualifications as a Welfare Officer in accordance with Schedule C of the NSW Health Service Health Professionals (State) Award.
Understanding of mental illness, contemporary interventions and the ability to apply a recovery framework to clinical interventions.
Demonstrated skills and knowledge in psychosocial assessments, guardianship, advocacy and group work.
Demonstrated skills in the provision of education programs to consumers, carers and professional colleagues.
Demonstrated skills in complex discharge planning activities and interagency networking.
Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and to exercise independent professional judgement on routine matters, commensurate with years of experience.
Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to proactively engage with patients / clients to enhance service delivery.
Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement and evidence-based practice and a commitment to ongoing clinical and professional learning.