Social Work and Social Welfare
Social workers provide information, counselling, emotional and practical support. They operate as members of the multidisciplinary health care team that provide services in a broad variety of areas, but their primary concern is to address the social and psychological factors that surround patients’ physical and/or medical presentations.
Social workers may perform the following tasks:
- provide assessment, advocacy, liaison and supportive counselling services to patients and the families of patients who are critically unwell or have suffered serious trauma
- assist with problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, mental illness, homelessness, suspected child abuse and neglect, rape and sexual assault
- support individuals who have suffered a sudden death in the family, experienced a major trauma or health crisis, sustained a permanent disability, attempted suicide or self harm, have been victims of domestic and family violence or crime, or who require permanent residential care in an aged care facility
- facilitate support groups and education programs for patients, their families and carers to share experiences and gain information and coping strategies
- provide clients with information on or referral to other support services in the community
- assist patients and their families with issues of a practical nature, such as income support applications and general financial management, travel and accommodation subsidies, priority government housing and disability support applications,
- work with and for the community to improve the social environment and maximise life potential
- analyse statistics and write reports, develop policy and evaluate programs, and undertake evidence-based practice and research.
How do I become a Social Worker?
There are many available courses that lead to this profession. Below is information about courses at Monash University.
- Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Social Work
- Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Social Work
- Bachelor of Social Welfare