What is an accredited social worker?
“Social work in Australia is a broad and diverse profession .Social workers work with individuals, families, groups & communities in the context of their physical, social & cultural environment with the aim of improving overall wellbeing & quality of life ”.AASW website 2016
.To become an accredited social worker you need to have completed a four year university social work degree & be accepted as a member of the AASW (Australian Association of Social Workers)
Our social workers have specialised in working with older adults and have gained further post graduate qualifications in mental health to enable them to provide mental health treatment. They are accredited mental health social workers and are members of the Australian College of Social Work.
Why should I see a social worker?
Strong emotional & mental health wellbeing is vital for people of all ages in order to enjoy good quality of life. As we age numerous challenges can make it extremely difficult to experience the kind of wellbeing that we need to make our lives manageable. Our Social workers provide a range of professional, confidential and compassionate services that can help you through a difficult time.
Our aim is to enable you to develop stronger emotional and mental health so that you are able to better manage the self -care that is required to maintain your independence & enjoy enhanced quality of life.
We offer comprehensive individual assessment, supportive counselling as well as mental health treatment for individuals, couples and families. We have close links to the local community and can link you to appropriate services as needed. We also offer emotional wellbeing group programs for those who may benefit from being linked to others.
If you are experiencing difficulties in any of the following areas our social work service can assist you.
- Changes in your mood. Feeling more stressed or down.
- Poor motivation
- Worry and uncertainty
- Struggling with grief & sadness
- Life crisis
- Lonliness & social isolation
- Relationship difficulties with your partner/family/friend
- Adjustment issues due to changes in your life eg. Retirement, moving to a new area, moving to aged care, diagnosis of illness
- Dealing with chronic illness
- Carer stress
- Managing service provision
- Stress management/relaxation
- Relationship & family issues
- Social isolation
- Carer support
- Case management and linkage to services
What to expect if I see a social worker
Our social workers will visit you in the comfort of your own home.
On our first visit with you we will spend time talking with you about what you are wanting and then do a general assessment to enable us to plan what is the best treatment for you.
Depending on your needs we can offer further sessions in your home or in our office at Gosford.
With your consent the referring GP and care team will receive a report outlining the results of the assessment and treatment plan. This enables you to receive an holistic service with all service providers working together to ensure an optimum result.
Your privacy is important & information shared with other service providers will only include general information about treatment being offered. Confidential information will not be shared unless you give permission to do so .
You don’t require a referral from your GP to make an appointment.
However if you are wanting a Medicare rebate from the service a GP referral is required. Our social workers can discuss this with you when you ring or make an inquiry about an appointment.
We are approved providers of:
- Medicare Better access to mental health services
- Medicare enhanced primary care
- Department of Veteran Affairs