Social work

Our social workers are here to provide support to our patients and their families

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of social work related services, for details of the social work services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


We help you with all the practical things associated with going home

Our social workers know how social services work and they can help people and their families with aged care planning, aged care placement, community aged care packages, referrals to rehabilitation, financial hardship and emotional counselling.

A hospital social worker will work closely with you to help you make the best possible decisions.


Our social workers

As Allied Health professionals, our hospital social workers are all degree-qualified and accredited to practice in our hospitals. They’re engaged in ongoing professional development.

They work with our doctors, nurses and multidisciplinary team to treat and care for you during and after your treatment in hospital. 

Their goals are to support you as you adapt to any challenges you’re facing and to help with your return to optimal functioning in your desired environment.

Our social workers offer counselling and emotional support at no charge .

Our Social Work services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

  • Discharge planning
  • Mental health counselling
  • New diagnosis counselling
  • Financial hardship counselling
  • Aged care placement
  • Community aged care packages

Discharge Planning

Planning for your discharge from hospital is one of the important tasks a social worker may be involved in.

A discharge plan is designed to make sure you’re ready to leave hospital and that you’ll have the appropriate support following your hospital stay.

The discharge plan may include:

  • An evaluation of your current condition
  • A plan for going home or transfer to another health care facility
  • Prescriptions for your medications
  • A referral letter to your GP
  • Our recommendations for any extra support you’ll need at home
  • Referrals for home care and other community health care support you may need
  • Assist in arrangements for follow-up appointments and tests

Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering social work services

St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Kew provides health services.

Your treating doctor or nurse can refer you to one of our social workers.

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Social workers are available to help you and your family with aged care planning, aged care placement, community aged care packages and rehabilitation. We also help people experiencing financial hardship and provide personal and family counselling.

Your treating doctor or nurse can refer you to one of our social workers.

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Social workers are available to help you and your family with aged care planning, aged care placement, community aged care packages and rehabilitation. We also help people experiencing financial hardship and provide personal and family counselling.

Our social worker and discharge planner will work closely together to help you make the best possible decisions.

Our social worker is available two days a week. To find out more, talk to the nurse unit manager of your ward.
Your treating doctor or nurse can refer you to one of our social workers.

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Social workers are available to help you and your family with aged care planning, aged care placement, community aged care packages and rehabilitation. We also provide personal and family counselling.

Our social worker and home health liaison team will work closely together to help you make the best possible decisions.

Our social worker is available three days a week. To find out more, talk to the nurse unit manager of your ward.

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The Mater Hospital is a leading private hospital renowned for its quality care and compassion. We take a holistic approach to healthcare and acknowledge the uniqueness of every patient to create a healing environment that is second to none.

For over 105 years we have worked in partnership with our patients and their families. Our experienced team of healthcare professionals, care givers and support staff are equipped to provide the highest level of therapeutic, medical and surgical services. Our facilities include 15 operating theatres, cardiac procedure rooms and an endoscopy suite, ensuring our staff can work together effectively for your safety, wellbeing and recovery.

While the Mater has expert social workers across many areas, special mention must be made to our special obstetrics social workers who work closely with the pastoral and spiritual care team.

Your treating doctor or nurse can refer you to one of our social workers.

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St Vincent's Private Toowoomba has a Senior Social Worker who works across all areas of the of the hospital providing:

  • counselling and emotional support (grief, loss, adjustment, crisis support, family or relationship concerns, carer stress and support about how to talk to children)
  • service information and referrals (My Aged Care, transport, meals, accommodation)
  • financial, accommodation and legal support enquiries
  • residential aged care processes
  • accessing other services such as child protection, domestic violence help, elder abuse reporting and support of vulnerable patients.
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