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Social Worker - Allied Health Unit (Southland Hospital)

Southern District Health Board
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Southland - Invercargill
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Southland Hospital
  • Permanent full-time (1.0 FTE)

About the opportunity

There is an opportunity for a Social Worker with enthusiasm to join a large multidisciplinary team at Southland Hospital working in Adult Physical health settings. Our models of care are changing and this is a great time to consider joining us as we seek to improve patient outcomes in all key service areas including social work.

About you

As our new Social Worker we need you to bring experience and the ability to work as part of a busy multidisciplinary team. You'll be responsible for assessing each client's needs and assisting in their journey through the hospital system. You will need a sound knowledge an understanding of vulnerable adults, complex discharge planning and be able to respond to challenging situations appropriately.

Ideally you'll bring experience working in an adult inpatient hospital setting. It is essential that you bring an understanding of the social determinants of health and the impact this has on client health and social needs.

We are looking for someone with sound social work best practice skills, who is a team player with excellent interpersonal skills. You will be able to think on your feet, be experienced at working under pressure and be able to multi task. You'll be adaptable and flexible so you can work effectively with your clients and within an ever changing health environment.

It is essential for this role that you hold a professional Social Work qualification and have registration, or are able to obtain registration with the Social Work Registration Board within three months of appointment.

Why Southland?

Invercargill offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you've always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sounds to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours. Check out what the region, and we, have to offer!

About the Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. Our customers-patients, staff and communities - are at the forefront of everything we do.

Closing date: Wednesday, 23 October 2019.

For further information please contact Jan Strachan, Recruitment Advisor - Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email:

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