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Olga has been a social worker for more than 30 years and is the National Manager of Social Work Services at Slater and Gordon. Slater and Gordon’s free Social Work service exists to support our clients Australia-wide who are facing a wide range of emotional and practical concerns as they move through the process of claiming compensation. Olga provides short-term telephone counselling, casework and referral to local or specialised services, assisting clients to build their network of support in the community.

Before joining Slater and Gordon in 2009 Olga worked across public and private hospitals in Melbourne for 21 years, counselling and supporting people with traumatic injuries and serious illness. This experience showed her firsthand how devastating injury or illness can be on all aspects of a person’s life. That's why she has focused on growing our Social Work team and developing our service to assist clients to access appropriate care and treatment, build their own support network and move on with their lives.

Professional Qualifications

  • 1995 - Master of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • 1987 - Bachelor of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • 1985 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

Career History

  • 2009 - Present, Slater and Gordon
  • 1995 - 2009, The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre
  • 1990 - 1995, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre
  • 1987 - 1990, Austin Hospital

Memberships and Associations

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) - Accredited Social Worker
  • 2013 – 2019, Member of the AASW Victorian Branch Committee of Management
  • Social Work Traumatic Injuries Special Interest Group – Co-convenor
  • Oncology Social Work Australia New Zealand (OSWANZ)
  • 2014 - Present, OSWANZ Secretary
  • OSWANZ VIC Special Interest Group
  • Specialist Support Professionals in Legal Settings Special Interest Group
  • Rural Social Work Action Practice Group
  • 2011 - 2015, Rural Social Work Action Practice Group Committee member
  • International Social Workers in Acquired Brain Injury (INSWABI)
  • Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA)