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Social work and counselling


The Social Work and Counselling Service at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) supports patients and their loved ones with personal, emotional and practical matters that are often associated with illness and hospitalisation. 

Social Work services at the RAH are available for inpatients and outpatients. Where practical, we may also provide support and assistance to a patient’s family and significant others.

We offer:

  • Professional counselling
  • An understanding of your needs and advocacy on your behalf
  • Assistance with Guardianship and Administration Orders
  • Information on, and referrals to, community resources and agencies
  • Help with planning safe and effective discharges from hospital
  • Education and Support Groups
  • Assistance with practical matters
  • Liaison with the Aboriginal Health Unit
  • Assistance with organising Aged Care Assessment referrals and liaison with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Placement Office for Respite or Permanent Residential Care.

Services are offered seven days a week in the RAH Emergency Department and, under certain circumstances, a RAH trauma counsellor can be contacted after hours to provide assistance and support to patient’s family and significant others.

We work as part of the multi-disciplinary teams involved in patient care and liaise with other departments as required to optimise outcomes for patients.

Our department is comprised of four teams:

  • Cardiac and surgical specialities
  • Cancer services
  • Trauma
  • General medicine.

All of our Social Workers are highly trained with tertiary qualifications in Social Work or Social Administration – many also have qualifications in Psychology.

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