Social Work

The Social Work Department provides a range of supportive services including:

  • Coping emotionally with adjustment to illness and the impact on family, including carers
  • Managing stress, depression and anxiety
  • Communicating with family, friends and medical teams
  • Practical, legal & financial concerns
  • Effects of illness on self-esteem, confidence & lifestyle
  • Carer stress
  • Grief and loss issues.

Types of support provided:

  • Professional support in adapting to serious & chronic illness
  • Family conferences around important decisions
  • Stress & anxiety management
  • Assistance with practical, financial & legal matters 
  • Information & referral to community resources 
  • Advocacy.

How to refer:

Referrals are hospital internal referral. Patients and family/carers are welcome to self-refer.

Services available at these locations

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour Health Campus
345 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

Phone 02 6656 7700

Hours

8am – 5pm Monday – Friday

Coffs Harbour Health Campus have Social Workers for in-patients across the various wards in the hospital.  

Outpatient Social Workers provide services via the Transitional Aged Care Program and the Aged Care Transitional Intervention Program.  

Other outpatient Social Work services include ante-natal, post natal, palliative care and chronic care.

 

 

Kempsey

The Social Work Department provides a range of supportive services including:

  • Coping emotionally with adjustment to illness and the impact on family, including carers
  • Managing stress, depression and anxiety
  • Communicating with family, friends and medical teams
  • Practical, legal & financial concerns
  • Effects of illness on self-esteem, confidence & lifestyle
  • Carer stress
  • Grief and loss issues.

Types of support provided:

  • Professional support in adapting to serious & chronic illness
  • Family conferences around important decisions
  • Stress & anxiety management
  • Assistance with practical, financial & legal matters 
  • Information & referral to community resources 
  • Advocacy.

How to refer:

Referrals are hospital internal referral. Patients and family/carers are welcome to self-refer.

Social Work Service contact details:

Kempsey Primary and Community Care
119 River Street
Kempsey NSW 2440

Monday-Wednesday
8am-4:30 pm

Ph. 6561 2600 (KDH switch)

Ph. 6561 2790 (Primary Health Switch)

 

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Wrights Road
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 5524 2000

The Social Workers/Counsellors are part of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital multidisciplinary team and specialise in providing emotional & practical support during hospital admission and outpatient clinics, with some home visiting for follow up care.

 

Wauchope

Wauchope Health Campus,
69 High St
Wauchope NSW 2446

Phone 02 6580 8000

The Social Workers/Counsellors are part of the Wauchope District Memorial Hospital multidisciplinary team and specialise in providing emotional & practical support during hospital admission.  

Social Workers are available in the Rehabilitation Unit, Palliative Care Unit and the General Ward.