A nurse checks on a patient in the cancer ward


Social Work

Social workers at Austin Health provide a range of services, including:

  • counselling support around hospitalisation, illness and disability,
  • comprehensive discharge planning, 
  • risk assessment and therapeutic intervention, 
  • family therapy and family case conferencing, 
  • group work, advocacy and crisis intervention in the cases of acute illness, trauma, or significant distress. 

There is a social worker available on most wards across our sites.

In rehabilitation and aged care, social workers can also assist families to manage the transition from hospital to community care, including into residential care and disability services. They can also connect you with services to help you or your loved ones remain living in your home.

If you are experiencing family violence, you and your children can also access a social worker.