Social Worker

The aim of the Social Worker is to assist people improve their quality of life. At some point, everyone is faced with a stressful, life-changing event in their life and for some people assistance from a Social Worker helps them deal with issues.

Social Workers assist people by listening non-judgementally, being understanding and supportive of a person’s needs, providing information which is useful and relevant and by being respectful of a person’s right to confidentiality and privacy.

Who can use this service and how are people referred?

Individuals, couples, families and groups within the West Wimmera Shire are free to access this service. Assistance is provided to people of any age, from any background, with any issue.

Anyone is able to refer themselves to the Social Worker by contacting EDMH Reception Ph 03 5585 9800. Referrals are also made by General Practitioners, Health Workers, Schools, Police, members of the community, family and friends.

Services Provided

Counselling for individuals, couples and families in relation to:

  • Relationships
  • Children
  • Family issues
  • Stress management
  • Self development
  • Trauma and crisis
  • Parenting strategies
  • Adolescence
  • Adjustment to disability
  • Relieving anxiety and depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Problem solving

Advocacy:

  • In assisting to access and negotiate with generic services.
  • Support—social and emotional
  • Representation on client’s behalf

Referrals for:

  • Housing assistance
  • Legal services
  • Emergency relief
  • Support groups and other community resources.
  • Employment
  • Specialist counselling service
  • Referral to financial counsellors and advisors

Confidentiality:

All personal and family information will be treated with respect and confidentiality. If you need to be referred to another organisation, information about you will only be passed on with your Consent

The Social Worker is also able to provide a home visiting appointment if preferred.