Forensic Grief Counsellor
REQ123208 Requisition #


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time, Full Time Temporary and Casual
Position Classification: Social Worker Lvl 3
Remuneration: $50.51 - $52.20
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ123208

Where you'll be working

Being part of NSW Health Pathology means you’re helping create better health and justice systems every day.

We operate more than 60 laboratories and around 200 collection centres across NSW and conduct over 60 million tests per annum. Our network of pathologists are supported by scientists, technicians and support staff who quickly and accurately assess samples so clinical teams can make the best possible treatment decisions for patients. Our Forensic & Analytical Science Service provides independent, objective analysis to the NSW criminal and coronial justice systems.

What you'll be doing

To provide a professional, evidence based crisis intervention, counselling and support service to relatives and friends of people whose death is reported to the NSW Coroner.

  1. Bachelor degree in social work which provides eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers, or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer.
  2. Minimum 3 years clinical experience with extensive specialist knowledge in crisis intervention, clinical assessment/case management, including the ability to facilitate and support relatives/friends in viewing the body of the deceased.
  3. Extensive knowledge and experience in the provision of short-term counselling to individuals and families with specialist knowledge of best practice counselling models in the context of grief, loss and trauma.
  4. Ability to exercise independent professional judgement and advocate for the client in situations of a complex or critical nature, whilst working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  5. Demonstrated high level oral and written communication, including an understanding of the importance to maintain current and accurate clinical notes.
  6. Proven ability to work with the deceased in an environment that could be distressing, ensuring to raise any associated concerns and/or need for support, and adopt self-care strategies.
  7. Willingness to participate in an on-call roster and occasional out of hours service, and travel in accordance with the demands of the role holding a current NSW drivers license.
  8. Demonstrated capacity to adopt and model the NSWHP RITE values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork and Excellence.

This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand Policy Directive PD2018_009 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Diseases. All new recruits must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy. New recruits must provide evidence against specified diseases and comply with the requirements of this policy at their own cost prior to appointment.

An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full time / part time, temporary and casual vacancies.

Applicants may be required to undergo a functional assessment prior to appointment.

This position is a permanent position. To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency. Please note: A person who is not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident is only eligible for temporary employment for a period not longer than the duration of their current visa.

All staff employed by NSW FASS will be required to supply a reference buccal sample so that their DNA profile can be compared to other generated profiles to exclude the possibility of contamination.

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Applications Close: 25 August 2019 

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