March 19, 2019

Celebrating World Social Work Day

Today we celebrate social workers’ contribution to making a difference to people’s lives, respecting their dignity and rights.

This is also an opportunity to recognise the contribution social workers make world-wide, and to acknowledge the great work and achievements of our social workers across Northern Health.

Associate Director Allied Health, Penelope Vye, said the theme of World Social Work Day 2019 is ‘Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships’.

“Given the recent horrific event in New Zealand, it is a very timely day to reflect on the importance and power of building positive relationships. It is also a day to acknowledge the power of working together to create a world where justice prevails, where equality and human rights are acknowledged and celebrated, and where diversity is recognised as part of being human and is highly valued,” she said.

Social workers are an integral part of our patient care at Northern Health, providing support to patients, their families and carers.

Since the last World Social Work Day, the team of 53 social workers has seen 36,938 patients, helping them with a range of services such as facilitating safe and appropriate discharges, providing advocacy on behalf of patients to address social issues impacting on their health and well being, support with psycho social issues, resources and referrals, and crisis interventions.