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Social Worker

Social Worker – Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust  (PIACT)

Southland Hospital, Invercargill


  • Permanent (1.0 FTE) full-time role 

Working together with Pacific Island Advisory Charitable Trust (PIACT)

Nowhere is New Zealand is it as easy to live, drive to work, afford a decent lifestyle and be so accessible to the outdoor adventures on offer in this part of the world. If you’re seeking that elusive blend of time to do what you love in life, combined with your Social Work passion and knowledge of Pacific Island Culture and the need to make a difference in the lives of our clients, then we believe joining our team in Southland might just tick all the boxes.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

In this Social Worker role, you’ll be part of a multidisciplinary team based out of Southland Hospital, working in a case management capacity to deliver a supportive service to our clients.  You’ll work autonomously but will be well embedded in a team of equally dedicated mental health professionals. 

The Social Worker will work towards improving the health status of consumers in the Pacific Island community and reduce health inequalities by providing a best practice holistic service. It is important to have an understanding of Pasifika models of care. The Social Worker will provide interventions which are recovery focused, safe, culturally and clinically appropriate within SDHB Maori Health & Pacific Island Services and SDHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.


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Mōu ake | About you

You will bring Demonstrated resilience, critical thinking and problem solving skills, along with well-developed written and verbal communication skills.

We are looking for a highly motivated Social Worker with a passion for and knowledge of Pacific Island Culture.  You must have the ability to work in a culturally acceptable manner and collaboratively with the Pacific Island Community and work alongside other hospital services including SDHB Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services to ensure cultural aspects are recognised, acknowledged and incorporated into all assessments and interventions.


Essential Criteria:

To be successful in this role you will have community and / or recent acute inpatient experience, proven leadership and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload to a high standard. It is important to have an understanding of Pasifika models of care, Pacific languages and Pacific values. Please note this role is also open to new graduates, so if you have a passion for mental health and Pasifika we encourage you to apply.

You will also hold a strong sense of ‘self’, a positive ‘can do’ attitude and a commitment to working cohesively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

You should be a New Zealand Registered Social Worker, with current APC and hold a full NZ drivers licence

We provide on-going professional development and a great team environment to grow your career.


Mō mātou | About us


Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


Utu whānui |Salary range


This role belongs to the Allied, Public Health, Scientific and Technical MECA and sits between $59,035 (Step 1) - $83,030 (Step 7) + Kiwisaver


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  26 October 2023

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


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