Position Details
Reference Number 33565
Position Title Social Worker - Cancer Services
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Western Health
Position Summary

About Us

Western Health manages three acute public hospitals: Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown Hospital. It also operates the Sunbury Day Hospital, Transition Care at Hazeldean and a range of community based services. We care for a culturally diverse population of more than 800,000 people. We have more than 6,700 employees who are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES).

Our continued growth will see the completion of a new purpose built, multi-storey Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital.

About the Role

An exciting opportunity exists for a Full Time –Permanent- Grade 3 Social Worker to work with the Peter MacCallum Radiotherapy team at Sunshine Hospital.  The role requires a dynamic and innovative Social Work Team Leader and Senior Clinician who will also be a member of the Social Work Senior Leadership Team and Department.   

  • Permanent Full-time
  • Leads a small team of social workers
  • Maintains a clinical caseload
  • Co-leads Radiotherapy Centre Allied Health Team
  • Leadership development and career pathway opportunities

An excellent opportunity for an experienced social worker who can demonstrate a high level of specialised clinical knowledge and capability to provide professional supervision and clinical leadership to a small social work team.  This role contributes to professional and service development, leads research and quality activities, management and brokerage for cancer patients, a clinical caseload, supports the clinical education program, and holds responsibility for data reporting and analysis. This role supports social work career progression through opportunities for further learning and participation in departmental and organisational committees and activities.


  • Demonstrate extensive, evidence based specialist knowledge, clinical reasoning and competencies, to lead and enhance patient care in area of practice
  • Lead service development and evaluation through quality improvement activities or research projects where appropriate
  • Participate and represent the service in consultation with service manager at relevant committees, working groups and meetings
  • Provide high quality clinical supervision to junior staff and students as required, that is timely, flexible and responsible, that encompasses performance development planning and performance management where relevant
  • Demonstrate flexibility/responsiveness within professional practice/duties/roles and assume extra responsibility as required to meet organisational priorities and appropriately delegates as necessary

Essential Criteria

  • Bachelor/Masters of Social Work degree and eligibility for AASW membership
  • Minimum 7 years clinical social work experience
  • Experience in leadership and supervision of staff
  • Highly developed interpersonal, written and electronic communication skills
  • Research and quality activity experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Current Working With Children Check


We offer a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Work-life balance
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing
  • Onsite fitness clubs
  • Culturally safe and respectful environment
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program


At Western Health, we value our employees and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop.  Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience. Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a working with children’s check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Selection Criteria
Contact Person Fiona Holland
Contact Number 0435961555
Alternate Contact Person Benjamin Orams
Alternate Contact Number
Alternate Contact Mobile Number 0466534386
Closing Date 12/11/2018
Position Description Grade 3 SW PD Sep 2017.pdf
Application Guide click here to view
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