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Montefiore Residential Aged Care
|Career opportunities in the aged care sector
Settlement Services International (SSI)
||Career opportunities in the refugee sector
NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ)
Children and Families
||Career opportunities in the Child Protection sector
NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ)
||Career opportunities in Youth Justice
South East Sydney Area Health Services
|Career opportunities in the Health Sector
About Lara Boss and Beverley Berelowitz:
Lara Boss is the General Manager of Allied Health Services for the 4 Montefiore Residential Aged Care Facilities in Sydney, and she is delighted to be part of your Careers Symposium.
Lara is a proud Social Worker myself and have worked in South Africa and Australia across a multiple of different settings. Prior to coming to Montefiore, she worked for about 16 years with the hospitals that fall under South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD). Laura worked as a Social Worker and then went on to become a Team Leader, Head of Department and finally was the Social Worker Advisor for the District. In her last year and a half there, she was also the acting Director of Allied Health for SESLHD.
Laura has been with Montefiore for nearly 3 years now and she works very closely with the Social Work managers Bev and Sue.
The work that Social Workers do in an Aged Care setting is so important and they are highly valued members of the interdisciplinary team.
Laura is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and previously ran her own small private practice for ten years. Having a mental health background has provided Laura with a solid foundation in all aspects of my service delivery. Laura is passionate about providing client-centred, compassionate care and supporting her teams in providing evidence-based best practice to their consumers.
Beverley Berelowitz is one of two Social Work Managers at Montefiore residential aged care facility where she has been working for the past two years. Bev job shares with a Social Work colleague Sue Armstrong, and together they manage and supervise 12 Social Workers who work across the 4 separate Montefiore facilities. (Randwick, Woollahra, Maroubra Shores and Hunters Hill). Montefiore has an extensive Allied Health team managed by Lara Boss.
Bev is also an accredited mental health Social Worker – she has a successful private counselling practice where she works on Saturdays, and has been doing so for the past 8 years.
Prior to Bev coming to work at Montefiore, she spent six months working in a Rehabilitation hospital in the Eastern Suburbs, where she covered a maternity leave position.
For much of Bev’s Social Work career in Australia, she worked as both a Social Worker and Social Work Team Leader in the Spinal Unit at the Prince of Wales hospital in Randwick where she worked for approximately eleven and a half years.
Bev decided to return to university as a mature age student and enrolled to do her Masters in Clinical Social Work (counselling) at UNSW in 2015 where she qualified with a MASW in 2016.
Bev is a passionate and devoted Social Worker, who strongly believes that “the sky is the limit and you can do anything you put your mind to, at any age, and at any stage of your life”.
About Carmen Ghaly:
Carmen Ghaly is the International Protection Senior Officer at SSI. Carmen is an experienced social worker in forced migration, international development and project management having worked in West Africa, the Middle East and Australia.Carmen is the focal point at SSI for the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Refugee Forum, coordinating SSI’s engagement in international advocacy and policy. Carmen’s work focusses on advancing durable solutions for refugees through resettlement, complementary pathways and supporting refugee access to livelihoods. She is also leading SSI’s engagement in advocating for a Community Refugee Sponsorship program in Australia.
Settlement Services International (SSI) is a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other Australians to achieve their full potential. SSI works with all people who have experienced vulnerability, including refugees, people seeking asylum and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, to build capacity and enable them to overcome inequality.
About Hannah Benjamin:
Hannah works for the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) as a Manager Casework. She manages a team of caseworkers with a mix of child protection and out of home care caseloads. Hannah has worked in Central Sydney, St George and is currently Acting Manager Casework at Eastern Sydney for the next 12 months.
DCJ is both a challenging and rewarding organisation to work in. As an agency, we work alongside families to keep children safe at home. When this isn’t possible, we work with extended family and networks to create safety and permanency outside their home. Relationship based practice is a significant part of our work which means building trust, being transparent with families and sharing decision-making and risks across the team and department. Relationships in the community and with agency partners is also essentially. As a department, DCJ are working hard to do better for the families, children and young people we work with and Hannah recommends employment with DCJ to gain experience in all aspects of social work and learn from the parents, children and young people the department works work with.
About Tim Wharton:
Tim is currently employed by Youth Justice NSW as the Senior Project Officer for Practice, and runs a small private practice specialising in young people with sexualised behavioural problems and perpetrators of domestic and family violence.
Tim has over 16 years working in the human services field, 14 of those with young people who offend. While at Youth Justice, he has worked as the sexual and violent offender counsellor as well as management and other practice development roles. He has a passion for good practice skills as well as understanding experiences unique to young people who have offended.
Tim has also spent time working in community-based substance misuse groups, community case work with young people, facilitated community CBT groups and has worked as a self-employed Social Worker in Indonesia for some time. He has also taught practice-focused Social Work and Criminology subjects across several universities in NSW and Melbourne.
Tim has recently completed a PhD in Social Work that examined the nature and development of a criminal identity among adolescent males and hopes to publish several papers from those findings. As a practitioner first and researcher second, Tim has a desire to operationalise the idea of identity into practice to facilitate a healthier personal and social identity for young people who persistently offend.
Tim’s current role with Youth Justice NSW determines and influences what the department does with the young people they supervise and importantly, the way they do it (that is, the interactional skills used). Youth Justice is the statutory body responsible for the community and custodial supervision of young people on Court Orders. Regardless of the nature of these Court Orders, Youth Justice is tasked at assessing and working with these young people (and where possible their families) to reduce recidivism and improve social and personal circumstances.
About Peggy Yeomans and Jenni Graves:
Peggy Yeomans and Jenni Graves are from Prince of Wales Hospital and Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospitals (POWH/ SSEH), South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD).
Peggy is the Deputy Department Head of Social Work and Jenni is the Social Work Educator at POWH/SSEH. Combined we have over 50 years social work practice experience! Despite sounding old we still remember how it feels to be setting out as a new graduate to land our first social work job. Peggy completed her social work undergraduate studies at the University of South Australia. She has worked for New South Wales Health for over 25 years across a range of clinical areas. Peggy started as a new graduate and has worked her way up to be the Social Work Deputy Department Head for POWH/SSEH. Peggy has also held non-social work positions in Health Management across SESLHD and is passionate about social workers utilising their skills in non-traditional social work roles within NSW Health.
Jenni did her social work undergraduate and post-graduate studies at UNSW and is an adjunct Lecturer at UNSW, alongside her role within POWH/SSEH. She has worked across health and human services in Australian and international contexts with government, non-government and community organisations in addition to consultancy work in health, international development and child protection. Jenni is passionate about social work and social workers’ development and her current role enables her to do exactly that.
Prince of Wales Hospital is in Randwick, up the road from UNSW. It is a major teaching hospital with over 3000 employees and 450 beds for inpatients. We regularly have UNSW social work students on placement with us and also some of our new graduates are also from UNSW.
Our talk will give you an overview of different social work jobs within NSW Health, what we are looking for in terms of a great job application, how to get your foot in the door and how to prepare for job interviews. Bring your questions as there’ll be time to get some answers too. Plenty of tips will be shared!