Social Work

We acknowledge the sovereign custodians of the land that we work on, the Bidjigal and Gadigal Peoples of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present and acknowledge the enduring survival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout these lands we now call Australia.

Social work is an important component of the team at the Royal Hospital for Women. We complement the medical, nursing and other allied health services, and advocate for women and their families in their journey through the health system.  Depending on your needs, social workers offer

  • emotional support
  • practical assistance with accessing a range of supports in the community
  • short term counselling related to your health and wellbeing.

Who we support

  • pregnant women during their antenatal care
  • women and their babies in hospital after birth
  • women and their families with a baby in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and newborn care centre
  •  families consulting with Maternal Foetal Medicine
  • people diagnosed with, and having treatment for, women’s cancers and other gynaecological issues
  • families experiencing pregnancy loss

What we do

  • listen to your story and treat you as an individual, with respect and dignity
  • we aim to provide a culturally sensitive service
  • arrange an interpreter, if you need one, to ensure you understand everything we discuss and so you can explain your situation and needs fully
  • provide support, education and referrals in relation to domestic and family violence
  • provide support with life stressors including relationships, financial hardship and housing
  • make referrals to services that can provide you with ongoing support in your community
  • liaise between and coordinate services related to your care, as required
  • be a support if you need to attend meetings within the hospital
  •  help with understanding and navigating  hospital systems
  • assist in accessing practical supports
  • offer counselling around making difficult decisions in pregnancy
  • offer grief and bereavement support 
  • refer to legal services

How to access social work at the Royal Hospital for Women

  • ask one of the health professionals you see in the hospital if you can talk to a social worker
  • contact us directly on 9382 6670


“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work. Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing.” (Australian Association of Social Workers, July 2014)