Social workers are part of the health care team at the San. They are available for individual and family counselling, and also conduct group programs, all with the aim to provide emotional and social support and practical information related to illness and treatment.
They can provide counselling for anxiety and depression, and to assist with issues associated with lifestyle adjustments, such as forced retirement through ill health, or in becoming a new parent.
If a patient can no longer manage at home, Social Workers are able to provide information for both the patient and family on the range of options available. Our knowledge of community resources ensure that appropriate and relevant referral to community health services and organisations can be arranged if required.
Our Social Workers conduct Group Programs to meet the specific needs of a particular patient group, such as cardiac rehabilitation for example. Group Programs are developed as the need is identified, and new groups may become part of our program in future.
Sydney Adventist Hospital Social Workers have completed, at a minimum, a four year Social Work Degree, and must be eligible for accreditation with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
The service is an important part of the San's provision of holistic care, and there is no charge to our inpatients.
Patients and relatives can be seen on the ward, in their patient room, or in the Social Work Department.
Patients, families and carers are invited to contact the Social Work Department directly, or you can request a referral through your treating doctor or nursing staff. Our Social Workers can be contacted Monday to Friday, between 9.00am – 4.00pm.
For further information please phone the Social Work Department on 02 9487 9660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.