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Social Work

We work with people to achieve the best possible levels of personal and social wellbeing in the context of illness, disability, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.

About us

The Barwon Health Social Work department provides assistance to people and their families or carers with respect to a wide range of personal concerns and practical needs which may arise during treatment and as they plan for the future. 

Social Workers provide up-to-date information, education and support about a wide variety of topics including welfare services, housing, accommodation, respite, residential care, legal services, income and financial support, counselling and emotional support, and many other community agencies.

Our Social Work services are available to people of all ages and their families and/or carers in the hospital, emergency department, rehabilitation centres, community health centres, aged care facilities and at home.

Our services

Experiencing problems and changes with your health can be a very difficult and stressful time for patients and their families. There are many concerns and problems which can arise for patients as they undertake treatment and plan for the future.

Social work services provide assistance to patients and their families across the health service with respect to the wide range of personal concerns and practical needs which may arise during treatment. Social work services are available to current Barwon Health patients and their families/carers.

Social workers assist patients and families with:

  • Understanding the hospital and the services provided by the hospital
  • Support in adjusting to illness/ injury
  • Counselling and emotional support
  • Information, support & advocacy for patients, carers/family
  • Assistance with decision-making and information about alternate accommodation & housing and respite care options
  • Information about and referral to community services that are available at home such as personal/attendant care, in-home respite, and home care
  • Planning for discharge from our services
  • Information about Centrelink, TAC, WorkCover payments and services


Last Modified: Thursday, 21 December 2023


Social workers at based at

  • University Hospitial Geelong
  • McKellar Centre
  • Communuity Health Centres

03 4215 0777