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Position Details
Reference Number 429454
Position Title Substance Use in Pregnancy & Parenting (Drug & Alcohol) - Senior Social Worker
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Geographical Location Various
Award Classification NSW Health Service Health Professionals (State) Award - Social Worker Lvl 3
Salary $95,325.00 - $98,516.00
Number of FTE 2.00
Purpose of Position

The Senior Social Worker, Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Service (SUPPS), will provide a continuum of care topregnanty women and their children during the antenatal and postnatal periods and this will occur within a community setting.


The position will provide specialist counselling and case management support services for patients who use drugs or alcohol and are pregnant or responsible for parenting children under the age of two years old.


The core functions of this position are:

  • Develop linkages and referral pathways across a range of community based support services to address issues such as child protection, harmful patterns of substance use, relationship difficulties, maternity and women’s health, early childhood, domestic violence, housing and legal problems.
  • Promote the principles of Keep Them Safe (child protection and well-being), harm minimisation and a recovery model of care from substance related issues.
  • Develop clinical policies and procedures for the smooth running of the team in consultation with managers and other staff.
  • Facilitate and participate in interagency child protection meetings and case conferences with patients and their families or significant others.
  • Under the direction of a medically led multi-disciplinary team, perform specialist clinical services to patients including comprehensive drug and alcohol assessments, monitor and appropriately respond to concerns around safety of patients and their children (including violence abuse and neglect issues), to work collaboratively with patients to develop a comprehensive care plan and review case plans at regular intervals or sooner if required.
  • Provide assertive follow up for patients including sustained home visiting of clients demeed to be at high risk for placment of children in Out Of Home Care services.
  • Deliver education to other staff of the Drug and Alcohol Service and implement quality improvement programs.
  • Provide supervision and support to team members.


Together, Achieving Better Health

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will drive innovation and excellence in health service delivery that provides safe, equitable, high quality, accessible, timely and efficient services that are responsive to the needs of patients and the community

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages diversity and inclusion within our workforce.  We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


About Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District provides world-class clinical care, research and innovation, and is committed to providing a workplace culture that values and promotes the growth of high performing teams and individuals.  We are passionate about the work we do, and are committed to improving the health of our local community and enhancing the experience of all our patients. 

See why people like you join our local health district – and welcome to the family!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2FVDzrwYZI


To check out our diverse workforce and see some of our recent innovative and community-focused achievements, browse our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NepeanBlueMtsLHD

If you would like more information about our Local Health district, please visit our website: http://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/


About Applying

If you read this and think “Wow – that’s me!” then please review the position description and selection criteria for the role.  You will need to submit an application electronically by clicking on the “Apply Now” button.  So that we truly understand how perfect you are for this role, please ensure that you detail your experience, skills, knowledge and any other relevant information by responding to each selection criteria.


To apply, you need to be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold an appropriate work visa.

Selection Criteria Tertiary qualifications in Social Work and eligibility for membership with the Australian Association Social Workers (AASW).

Extensive post-graduate clinical experience in child protection, domestic violence and/or family relationship issues. Previous drug and alcohol experience would be highly regarded.

Demonstrated experience with using advanced reasoning skills including the preparation of high quality written and oral reports, and comprehensive care plans.

Demonstrated knowledge of evidence-based psychosocial interventions for addressing domestic violence, child abuse or neglect issues and/or harmful patterns of parental substance use. Extensive experience of at least 5 years in delivering psychosocial interventions including monitoring of clinical outcomes and responding to risk factors for child protection issues.

Demonstrated knowledge and extensive experience in maintaining professional boundaries and ethical practice when working with families and other service providers. Previous experience and a commitment to work within a medically led multi-disciplinary team.

Extensive experience in partnering with parents and families to address child protection and well-being issues including reducing the risks associated with harmful patterns of parental substance use.

Previous experience with communicating information in a client electronic record system and other computer based applications. Extensive experience in the timely communication and escalation of significant concerns to medical specialists and/or line managers.

Current driver’s licence (NSW eligibility) and the ability and willingness to travel for work purposes.
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Rick Turner
Contact Number 0413808721
Closing Date 27/02/2018
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view