Social Workers in the spotlight

Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen said today’s World Social Work Day is an ideal opportunity to recognise the effort put in by the department’s passionate social workers.

“The theme this year is Promoting the Dignity and Worth of Peoples,” Mr Jongen said.

“And it’s fitting because I believe that in many ways that is what our social workers do every day.

“Whether it’s reminding people of their strengths and attributes, helping to work through personal problems or connecting them to the right organisations, they do their best to uphold those two values.

“Last year, the department’s social workers responded to over 278,000 referrals for support across the country – not to mention the vital support they provide to the Australian community during and after times of crisis, such as the bushfires that hit Western Australia in January.

“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the department’s staff, who take their job so seriously and perform so well.”

South Australian social worker Yasmin Tilmouth, said her role at the Department of Human Services brings with it many rewards.

“My work is so diverse, every person I speak to is in a different situation and it challenges me professionally,” Yasmin  said.

“Being a social worker in the department means always being on-hand for an emergency, either an individual’s personal crisis or being a part of a national response to an emergency, such as bushfires and/or floods.”

Department of Human Services social workers can help if people are experiencing a crisis, are in need of support or are unsure how to access the right assistance.

For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au/socialwork