The social work profession is committed to the pursuit and maintenance of human well-being. Social work aims to maximise the development of human potential and the fulfilment of human needs, through an equal commitment to:
- working with and enabling people to achieve the best possible levels of personal and social well-being
- working to achieve social justice through social development and social change (Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics, 1999)
Social workers are qualified professionals who work in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team to develop care plans appropriate to patients' individual needs.
In October 2008 St Vincent's Social Work Department proudly celebrated its 75th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) Program.
It is the second oldest social work department in Victoria and was one of the first hospitals in Metropolitan Melbourne to establish an AHLO Program.
To be nationally and internationally recognised for excellence and innovation in the provision of social work services to patients and their families, for teaching, research and for collaborative partnerships.
To prevent or minimise the economic, social, and psychological consequences of illness and accidents on patients, their families and the community.
To provide leadership within the profession in evidence-based clinical practice and continuous improvement.
To promote excellence in the development of staff.
To advocate for social justice in the health sector.
To advance social work knowledge and practice through world class teaching and research.