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Social Work in the Mater Hospital

The Mater University Hospital has offered a social work service for over 50 years. There are 20 professionally qualified medical social workers in the hospital.

What difficulties can social workers help with?

Our social workers commonly help with the following difficulties:

  • Homelessness
  • Child safety and welfare
  • Elder Abuse
  • Self Harm
  • Domestic violence 
  • Issues, concerns and feelings about an illness (i.e. cancer, HiV, heart disease etc).
  • Stress, anger and depression
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Addiction
  • Issues related to sexual assault
  • Crisis pregnancy
  • Issues related to caring for a dependent relative
  • Financial worries

What particular services does the Mater Hospital provide?

  • Support
  • Individual and family counselling, for example for bereavement or medical diagnosis
  • Information and help to plan for long-term care
  • Education on coping with illness
  • Practical information on health services
  • Discharge planning and co-ordinating
  • Community services (preparing for a patient leaving hospital)
  • Advocacy, for example dealing with State and voluntary services for patients and their families)
  • Referring onto appropriate community services/agencies
  • Our main goal is to work with patients to develop a plan to help them manage their own situation

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