The former Patient and Family Services Department at The Alfred devolved some of its services to become ‘Acute Social Work’ managed by Bridget Wall, who also oversees the Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer Program and Pastoral Care.
The research agenda of Acute Social Work is dominated by collaborative projects, which include:
The department continues to engage Associate Professor Lou Harms from the University of Melbourne in a consultancy arrangement. Individual social work research projects are also under way in the cancer, trauma, general medicine and infectious diseases areas.
Bridget Wall awarded $5,000, from the Australian Association of Social Workers, to Lyra Taylor for a grant to undertake an evaluation of the role of acute Social Workers in the HeLP service – a health legal partnership with Maurice Blackburn.
Social Worker Cathie Smith, who leads the Allied Health Emergency Department (ED) team, has been carrying out the project ‘Beyond KPIs - What makes an effective Allied Health Team’.Find out more
The General Medical Social Work team undertook the project ‘Looking at the Acute Social Work Role in the Transition into Residential Aged Care - Closing the Gap’.Find out more
Pillay B, Lee SJ, Katona L, De Bono S, Burney S, Avery S
(2016), Bone Marrow Transplant, 51(3),
Du Plooy L, Harms L, Muir K, Martin B, Ingliss S
(2014), Aust Social Work, 67(2), 274-84
Lee SJ, Katona LJ, De Bono SE, Lewis KL
(2010), Med J Aust, 193(5), S74-8