Social Work

A practical investment in moving lives forward.


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Most patients long to go home after a stay at Victoria, but for some ‘home’ is not a safe place where they can easily heal. A social worker practises alongside other government groups, NPOs, doctors and schools to show a patient what their ‘next steps’ after hospital are. This is not always an easy solution as resources are very stretched in many directions, especially in respect of dealing with drug rehabilitation and mental health.

However the day-to-day victories may be seeing that a child goes to school, that a mentally ill person gets ongoing care, an abused child is placed in protection or an elderly person reconnects with family. Our social workers  do all they can to make going home something that patients look forward to.

Click to see images of Imizamo Yethu and Lavender Hill. 

Rebecca Lazarus  – Social Worker 
Head of Department, Social Work 

Rebecca Lazarus has been a Social Worker at Victoria Hospital since January 2012. She is passionate about her work and believes that the challenges people face are opportunities for meaning-making and growth of individuals, families and communities to function more purposefully. She believes strongly in advocating for people’s rights and dignity in a social context often fraught with inequalities and injustices, and attempts to improve systems that impact on the quality of life of individuals. Rebecca has an honours degree in Social Work from the University of the Western Cape, a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine from the University of Cape Town, and is currently doing a Masters in Philosophy Palliative Medicine. She enjoys hiking and running in the mountains.

Click on picture to meet Social Worker,  Fowzia Salie.

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"Social work is all about making small investments that may pay out richly later. The client gets to decide what they do with that investment, it is their life to live."

- Fowzia Salie -