Social Worker – Huntington’s Disease Service SA SA Health – Southern Adelaide Local Health Network


  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network – Flinders Medical Centre – Mental Health Services
  • Salary $67,466 – $82,349 p.a. (pro rata) AHP1 or $86,950 – $100,729 p.a. (pro rata) AHP2 | 26.25 hours p.w. till March 2024

The South Australian Huntington Disease Service provides specialist diagnosis, management and counselling for people impacted by Huntington disease. It includes Huntington specific family and individual counselling, research, quality improvement and implementation of novel or innovative clinical practices and provides an expert consultancy service to other health services and the community. Find out more about the Service here.

The Social Worker position focuses on providing specialised support to patients and families affected by Huntington’s Disease. You will play a critical role in enhancing the quality of life for individuals and their community living with this condition by addressing their unique emotional, psychological, and social needs.

Your responsibilities as the Social Worker within the Service include:

  • Mental health, psychosocial, and risk assessments,
  • Treatment and care planning,
  • Therapeutic interventions,
  • Genetic Counselling for Huntington’s Disease Predictive Testing
  • And advocacy to maximise client wellbeing.

To be successful within this role, you will have:

  • Knowledge of Huntington’s Disease and its unique challenges for the individual and their community,
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Empathy, compassion, and the ability to work effectively with patients and their families,
  • Demonstrated skills in psychosocial assessment, counselling, strengths-based practice, relationship and family therapy, crisis intervention and brief therapy.

To be eligible for this role an appropriate Degree or equivalent qualification which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers is required. For full details, please see the attached Role Description. 

Benefits of Working at SALHN:

In addition to your salary the following generous benefits are on offer to the suitable candidates:

  • Having access to professional development opportunities during work hours, plus apply for the Allied Health Professionals + Professional Development Reimbursement Program (AHP+PDR) for reasonable financial reimbursement of professional development activity up to a capped amount per financial year,
  • Access to endorsed supervisors with extensive clinical experience during work hours,
  • Leave Entitlements including paid Sick Leave, Carers Leave, Recreational Leave, Long Service Leave, Parental leave, and others,
  • Access to Salary Packaging, with the ability to pay for things such as rent or your mortgage before tax, increasing your take home pay,
  • An incremental wage increases in-line with the SA Public Sector Enterprise Agreement: Salaried (2021),
  • Flexible working arrangements,
  • Access to experienced Social Workers across a broad range of expertise, who are supportive of collegial sharing of skills and knowledge in different therapies and client presentations,
  • Working collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team of likeminded professionals, with access and support from team-based decision and Clinical Governance,
  • Opportunity to work across multiple sites in Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN),
  • Opportunity to be supported to conduct research projects, during work hours, pertaining to your role, with exciting funding opportunities present within SALHN.

Applicant Information:

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and Immunisation compliance as indicated on the Role description.

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.  Job ref: 843179

Want to Know More? Contact:

Name: Kathy Billinghurst                                                                  Telephone: (08) 7117 5211

Email: [email protected]

Application Closing Date:

11.55 pm Wednesday 27th September 2023




SA Health - Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

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Part time