Overview of the Chapter

Over the years, Medical Social Workers (MSW) have grown to a large and distinct group. In 2001, MSWs decided to push forward for professionalisation of health social work to set up the Chapter under the Singapore Association of Social Work (SASW). The Chapter has since represented and promoted the profile of MSWs in Singapore.

Objectives of the Chapter:

  • Raising awareness of the profession
  • Ensuring MSW’s competency
  • Improving practice by conducting trainings and education initiatives
  • Providing a platform to strengthen inter-sectors relationship

Committee of Chapter: 2019-2021

Appointment in SASW NameOrganisation
ChairpersonCerene WongChangi General Hospital
MemberCandice OwSingapore National Eye Centre
MemberClarice NgHome Nursing Foundation
MemberEunice LeeNational Cancer Centre Singapore
MemberGeraldine LimSingapore General Hospital
Member Lee Ming LiTan Tock Seng Hospital
MemberMavis TeoKK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Member Eugene LeeNational Heart Centre

Who are eligible for our Programme/Activities?

  • SASW Members/ Accredited social workers currently working in a health-related establishment;
  • Any social workers or social service practitioners who are interested in healthcare related issues can participate in selected Chapter activities

Our Key Areas of Focus 

Past Achievements

Professional Development

  • Assisted in coordinating symposiums and seminars, including the inaugural “Inspirational Series for Health Social Workers"
  • Developed curriculum of foundation training for new MSWs and Social Work Assistants
  • Collaborated and coordinated with Melbourne MSW for social visits, exchange programmes to inspire and broaden social workers’ knowledge
  • Organised workshops for example, overseas speaker in data mining in health and mental health services

Professional Networking

  • Organised the Social and Health Research Network where social practitioners from the community and healthcare settings share research presentations at this common platform
  • Organised Inter-Hospitals Amazing races, and other networking events to foster strong relationship among workers from the different hospitals
  • Fostered stronger ties with Australian health social workers, and Malaysian social workers
  • Collaborated with the SASW Practice Research Special Interest Group to organise Social Work Research Network Meeting, where social workers from community and healthcare showcase their research studies/projects.

Professional Image

  • Promoting the work of MSWs in schools and career fairs organised by various Ministries such as MOH and MINDEF

Criteria to Join Us:

  • Registered Social Worker, and
  • SASW member, and
  • Currently practising workers in the healthcare setting irrespective of sectors (e.g. Restructured Hospitals, ILTC); or
  • Shares a keen interest in healthcare sector

If you are keen to become a member or friend of the chapter, please email to SWchapters@sasw.org.sg and address to "Medical Social Work Chapter Chair"