Allied Health Career Information

Allied Health is a broad term used to describe the wide range of specialised healthcare provided by health practitioners who are not part of the medical, dental and nursing professions. The Allied Health workforce includes health practitioners who work autonomously and in multidisciplinary teams, in a variety of acute, outpatient, and community healthcare settings in both the public, not-for-profit and private sector.

A-Z of Allied Health Services

Social Work is the Allied Health area concerned with providing support and services to help people who are experiencing challenges in their life, such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction, disability, homelessness, isolation, or poverty. Social Workers have a good understanding of social justice, human behaviour and development, social networks, and community health, and often work in multidisciplinary teams. Social work services aim to build wellbeing, social cohesion, and responsibility, and improve the health and life outcomes of individuals, families, and community groups.

Social Work Jobs

Social Workers support a range of people and families to improve wellbeing, make better choices, and access services like emergency accommodation, family therapy, government benefits, and healthcare. They manage caseloads of clients and advocate for their needs. They also provide assessment and intervention services. Most professional roles in Social Work require tertiary qualifications - either a Bachelor or Master of Social Work, and membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Social Workers work in hospitals, private clinics, government agencies and community settings. They can specialise in different practice areas such as, Community Health, Child and Family Welfare, Aged care, Palliative Care, Substance Abuse, Justice and Corrections, or in Rehabilitation/Acute care in clinical hospital settings.