Celebrating social workers
TOWNSVILLE social workers will celebrate more than 60 years of service to the community as part of World Social Work Day today.
Workers are set to cele b r a t e w i t h t h e N o r t h Queensland’s social work forum involving the Townsville Health Service district’s acute hospital, mental health and community social work teams.
These groups work alongside members from the Australian Association of Social Workers North Queensland and James Cook University’s department of social work and community welfare.
Social workers have his- toric ties with the city’s health industry being the first allied health professional employed at the old Townsville General Hospital in North Ward in 1951.
Townsville Health Service District director of social work Chris Barrett said the day was set to provide a host of benefits.
‘‘ Social workers across the health service district should b e v e r y p r o u d o f t h e i r nationally respected reput at i on and achievements over the past 60 years,’’ he said.
The Townsville Health Service District’s social work teams look after patients from Mackay to Cape York and west to the Northern Territory border.
Mr Barrett said the local contingent was passionate about caring for the people of North Queensland.
‘‘ At the hospital alone we see about 1400 inpatients and about 250 outpatients each month,’’ he said. ‘‘ The district’s social workers support people whose normal coping mechanisms are overwhelmed by emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger and grief. This can be particularly relevant for patients who are from out of town and away from their usual support base.’’
HELP: Social workers Trish Rowan, Chris Barrett and Elizabeth Romanik