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Social Worker

Social Worker

Southland Hospital



  • Permanent, part-time opportunity 0.6FTE (24 hours per week) 
  • ​​​​​​Join a welcoming and motivated team


About the team:

Our Child Development team is a close knit and supportive team with a mix of skills, knowledge and experience. We are committed to innovative practice and strive to provide an equitable and evidence-based service for children and their Whānau.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

You will be based in our Child Development Service/Ratoka Whakapuāwai Tamaiti at Southland Hospital, and you will be involved in providing:


  • A Family Centred Model (where the child and family is the centre of any planning) and includes task focused and psychosocial aspects.
  • Social work involvement which can be short term as only a brief intervention is required or long term involvement may be required.
  • Assessments that are varied and may include gathering family history, liaison with various community organisations including NGOs and the education sector.
  • Funding - working alongside parents to ensure their child is receiving the appropriate benefits and are linked into appropriate organisations such as Kia Roha/Your Way or Long Term Chronic Health.
  • Advocacy which includes advocating for the rights of the child and the parent when appropriate.
  • Working alongside the child and the parents where there is significant life changing adjustments around daily living and the grief and loss process associated with a child with a disability.


This team is committed to delivering a service of the highest standard and we offer access to regular professional development and peer support.


See position description.


Mōu ake | About you
As a social worker in this team, you will have sound social work knowledge and skills, be a team player with excellent communication skills and work cohesively as part of the interdisciplinary team.


To be successful in this position, you will also need to demonstrate the following:


  • Be registered with the New Zealand Social Workers Board (NZSWRB) and hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate.
  • An ability to think on your feet and be experienced at working under pressure whilst multi-tasking.
  • A strong understanding of social determinants of health and the impact this has on client health and social needs.
  • A sound knowledge of family violence and child protection issues and be able to respond to challenging situations appropriately.
  • Being adaptable and flexible allowing you to work effectively with your clients and within a changing health environment.
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and build relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • Be a great team player, with the confidence to work effectively within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Hold a current, clean, and full New Zealand Driver’s Licence


Previous experience working with tamariki and families is preferred but not essential.


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 enthusiastic 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 PSA/DHBs Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($59,035 p.a) and Step 8 ($85,992 p.a pro rata) of the Degree-Based Allied, Public Health and Technical scale.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  15th December 2023

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


Tono ināianei | Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: Wording for non-DHB websites only:

For further information please contact James Boyd, Recruitment Advisor, all conversations will be confidential in nature


If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination is expected for all Workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces.

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