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Social Work

Social workers are part of the health care team at the San. They are available for individual and family counselling, all with the aim to provide emotional and social support and practical information related to illness and treatment.

Our staff assist patients in identifying resources - personal, social and community - and in exploring options for their optimum health care.

Social workers can offer counselling in matters such as:

  • The impact of hospitalisation on families and friends
  • Anxiety and stress management
  • New diagnosis
  • Chronic Illness
  • New Parenthood
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Isolation
  • Decision making
  • Family and relationship difficulties
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Crises

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. Family discussions can take place to identify patient and family issues arising from the illness and treatment to share information between patient, family and hospital staff relevant to ongoing care.

Our knowledge of community resources ensure that appropriate and relevant referral to community health services and organisations can be arranged if required.

AASW LogoSydney 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 all inclusive 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.

Contact Information

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 (messages can be left at any time). The department is located on Level 3, Clifford Tower - however patients and releatives can be seen on the ward or in their rooms.

For further information please phone the Social Work Department on 02 9487 9660 or email social@sah.org.au.

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