Palliative Care Bereavement Counsellor

Westmead, The Childrens Hospital at Westmead, Western Sydney

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network is the largest paediatric health care entity in Australia. We care for thousands of children each year in our hospitals and in their homes — with one purpose in mind — to help young people live their healthiest lives.

Description of job:

This interesting, valuable and challenging position involves supporting families following the death of their child. The role involves close collaboration with multidisciplinary teams as well as with the broader Social Work Department. 

The primary focus of this position is to provide bereavement counselling and support to families following the death of a child known to the Palliative Care Service. This includes assessment of bereavement support needs, specialist counselling, group work, psycho-education and advocacy. The bereavement counsellor works as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team.

This bereavement counsellor is required to play a key role in service development and continuous quality improvement to ensure the bereavement support needs of children and their families are met. The position takes a leadership role in the development and provision of education programs around grief and loss for health professionals within SCHN and externally. The bereavement counsellor also provides a consultative role to key stakeholders.

Experience required:

  1. Eligibility for AASW membership or Counsellor to have membership of appropriate/relevant body e.g. PACFA, ACA, and with significant post graduate experience in social work and/or counselling practice with families and children and/or in health context.

  2. A well-developed knowledge of the challenges facing bereaved families and a sound knowledge of relevant community resources and support services available to families.

  3. Significant post graduate experience in a variety of social work and/or counselling interventions/modalities including, assessment, counselling, group work.

  4. Excellent demonstrated interpersonal and written communication skills and ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team.

  5. Demonstrated skills and experience in professional education activities, service- planning, and quality improvement activities.

  6. Competent computer skills and ability to adapt to new IT systems.

  7. NSW Drivers Licence


Westmead, Western Sydney

How to apply:

  1) Click here for the Position Description
  2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Jenna Ohlsen on [email protected]

If you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander wishing to apply for this role and want to speak with an Aboriginal person/representative from the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network please contact Wayne Dargan on 0486012545.

For technical support please contact the customer services team on 1300 679 367 and select option 3.

Application closing date: 

Closing date: 26/07/2023