Public Education campaign

Looking for counselling, advocacy, therapy or support? Our social workers are here for you.

Welcome! You’re in the right place if you’re looking to connect with a social worker for the first time. In the wake of COVID-19, the demand for community support has surged due to significant gaps in mental health services and rising living costs. We want you to know about the crucial role of social workers in addressing these challenges across Australia.

The videos here feature three passionate social workers who share their deep fulfilment in supporting people.

Many misconceptions surround social work. In our community, people won’t seek out support because of the belief that social workers only assist specific communities, work solely for the government, or are not involved in mental health support. We’re here to change that story.
You might want to connect with a social worker to receive emotional support during a difficult time, access resources for housing and financial assistance, and get guidance on navigating healthcare and social services.

Social workers make a real difference in people’s lives. Find support today through our Find a Social Worker directory.

Whether you’re seeking help or just curious, social workers are available, don’t hesitate to reach out to them today.

Meet our featured social workers

Nathan Ryan
Social Worker, Aboriginal Mental Health Officer

“Social work isn’t just a job; it’s the opportunity to make a tangible difference in people’s lives, and that’s what truly drives me.”

Nathan is a dedicated mental health worker currently employed full-time at the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service. Nathan has been instrumental in providing mental health support and advocating for the wellbeing of the Aboriginal community in inner Sydney.

Nathan’s educational background is deeply rooted in social work and mental health. He holds a master’s degree in social work, from Charles Sturt University, completed in November 2022. His work at the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service is part of a long-standing tradition of community-led initiatives. This heritage of self-determination and community control continues to inspire Nathan’s work. Currently, Nathan is engaged in a project that examines the interaction between social workers and legal services. This project aims to enhance outcomes for the community by fostering better collaboration and understanding between these critical sectors.

John Hristoforidis
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker

“Every individual deserves access to mental health support. If you’re contemplating counselling or therapy, take that step today.”

With over a decade of clinical experience and 15 years extending to welfare and community work, John is a specialist mental health social worker who specialises in a range of psychological therapies for adolescents, adults, individuals and families.

John provides an authentic and unique service that is holistic, compassionate and trauma informed. Based on clinical consultation and collaborative assessment, psychological therapies are tailored to you or your family’s needs.

Dr Meaghan Katrak Harris
Social Work Academic and Writer

“Whether it’s counselling, advocacy, therapy, or just being there for support, know that we’re here for you every step of the way.”

Meaghan is a social worker, academic, consultant and writer. She has a long and diverse professional background and works across the private and public sectors and the arts. Meaghan’s first work of creative non-fiction, Memories and Elephants: The Art of Casual Racism was released in December 2021, receiving excellent reviews.

The Find a Social Worker online directory

The “Find a Social Worker” online directory is a user-friendly tool designed to simplify locating and accessing social work services in Australia. The directory features social workers who have chosen to make their contact information public.

You may know someone who is seeking counselling advice but doesn’t know where to turn. Worried about the cost and unaware of where to begin a search for mental health support, they may have overlooked social workers. This online directory of social workers opens up a new world of options, connecting them with mental health support tailored to their needs, whether it’s face-to-face or virtual sessions.

Perhaps you are a healthcare provider seeking streamlined ways to refer patients to specialised treatment. You’re not fully aware of the breadth of services social workers offer, from mental health support to assistance with NDIS, veterans’ issues, and victim support. This online directory of social workers simplifies your search, ensuring you can find a qualified specialist so your patient receives the care they need, without the hassle of exhaustive research.

The “Find a Social Worker” tool lets you find a social worker close to where you live and who specialises in different areas of social work, such as disability, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, family and domestic violence, aged care, veterans’ affairs, or child, youth and family services.

Where to next?

If you need support, the AASW “Find a Social Worker” tool will connect you with a professional ready to assist.

Social workers are accessible and available to support you. Don’t wait.

Myth Busters

Social workers play a crucial and diverse role in our communities, yet many misconceptions about their profession persist. Let’s clear up some of the most common myths:

Reality: Social workers are found in various settings beyond government agencies. They are integral to schools, hospitals, non-profits, private practices, and corporations. Social workers make a difference wherever there’s a need for advocacy, support, or counselling.

Reality: Child welfare is a significant aspect of social work, but it’s only one part of a broad spectrum. Social workers also specialise in areas like healthcare, mental health, addiction recovery, aging services, community organising, and more. Their expertise supports people of all ages through various challenges.

Reality: Social workers provide valuable services to individuals and families across all socioeconomic backgrounds. Whether addressing personal crises, navigating life changes, or providing therapy and support, their goal is to enhance everyone’s well-being and quality of life, regardless of financial status.

Reality: Social workers are key players in the mental health field. Many are Accredited Mental Health Social Workers who offer therapy, counselling, and support for mental health issues. They work alongside other mental health professionals to provide holistic care and are often on the front lines of mental health intervention and advocacy.

Reality: General Practitioners (GPs) can and should refer patients to Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs). 

AMHSWs are highly trained professionals who meet rigorous standards of professional regulation in Australia. They are designated allied health professionals under the Commonwealth Medicare initiative, authorised to offer private mental health services to individuals with diagnosable mental health conditions or those at risk of developing such conditions. Read more

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