Social Work Service – Children
Hospital Social Workers help women and children consumers of the hospital, and their relatives, understand and manage their health condition and/or the social issues impacting upon their wellbeing.
How to access this service
Any consumer or carer of a consumer may contact the Social Work Service by telephone or in person.
Referrals for Social Work assistance may be made by any member of the hospital treating team and by community agencies. Referrals to a WCH Social Worker should be made with the consumer’s knowledge and agreement. People should feel free to speak to a Social Worker for advice on the best way of referring.
An after hours Social Work service is available following a medical emergency or incident.
Weekdays, 9am – 5pm
How to find this service
Social Workers at the Women's and Children's Hospital help to improve the quality of life for women, children and young people and their families by:
- helping to resolve issues and concerns through counselling and advice in relation to the social, emotional and practical implications of a woman's situation or of a child's diagnosis or illness - for children, this normally starts at the time the diagnosis is made;
- educating families about the impact a disease/illness/condition will have on their child's or the family's life;
- providing information about and referring to community agencies and resources;
- helping with hospital admissions and treatment requirements or decision-making options;
- representing patient and family needs, when necessary, within the treatment team and hospital system.
WCH Social Work Service
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
South Australia 5006
- Phone (08) 8161 7381
- Fax (08) 8161 7040
- Phone (08) 8161 7580
- Fax (08) 8161 7890