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Social Worker – Adult Health (permanent and fixed term full-time positions)

New Zealand, NZ




·    Great teamenvironment and work culture

·    Leadershipand continuous development opportunities

·    Graftonlocation


Kia ora, Talofa, Maloe lelei, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Malo Ni, Bula, Kia orana, Greetings to all.


Te Toka Tumai,Auckland District Health Board have an excellent opportunity available for anexperienced social worker to join our Adult Health social work team.


We are a motivated,compassionate team who provide holistic social work services to patients andtheir families across a variety of inpatient and outpatient healthsettings. 


We are looking for anexperienced practitioner with a proven ability to model best practice and to supportthe wider adult health social work team. Rigorous psycho-social assessment skills and the ability to thinkcritically and develop client centred appropriate client centred interventionsis a key part of this role.


Your social work rolewill primarily be based in the inpatient areas at Auckland City Hospital.  You will respond to a broad range ofreferrals including, loss, major life changes, decision making and counsellingaround end of life care, child protection, family violence intervention, and othercomplex social and medical situations.


You will have theopportunity to draw on your therapeutic skills as you support families throughgrief and loss alongside your broader social work interventions. Working from atrauma-informed, relationship-based practice approach, you will sensitivelyassess complex social situations and foster positive engagement with peoplefrom a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. A strong ability to advocate andwork holistically with whānau will be of benefit to you in this role.


Your strengths inestablishing and maintaining effective working relationships withinmulti-disciplinary and inter-agency teams will be essential to your success. Apassion for fostering a safe space for tangata whenua and tauiwi within thehospital context is welcomed.


You will be providedwith regular supervision and continuing professional development to enhanceyour capacity to engage in effective social work practice. You will receiveroutine and regular support from your Practice Supervisor, Clinical Leader andProfessional Leader to achieve excellence in practice.



  • A recognised Social Work qualification
  • Advanced communication skills
  • An understanding of Tikanga Māori
  • Evidence of registration with the New Zealand Social Workers’ Registration Board (includes provisional registration) and a current  Practising Certificate


  • Experience in Health Social Work, grief and loss, child protection and family violence intervention
  • Strong cultural knowledge; capacity to work effectively alongside our diverse communities

Please note: Yourcover letter will be a key part of our assessment process, so please highlighthow your experience relates to the role and to the competencies listed in theposition description.


Weare a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver thebest health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforcethat reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants fromall backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to applyand would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori & Pacificcommunities. Our organisation values diversity, inclusivity and empathy, if youdo too, apply now and join us to make a positive difference and to “do yourlife’s best work at Auckland DHB”. 


Forposition description click here orcopy and paste below link into your internet browser: Worker, Adult Services PD, April 2017.pdf


Wecurrently have permanent full-time and one year full-time positions. Pleaseselect your preferred position in the application questions.


Yourquestions or discussions are welcomed. To find out more about this role, pleasefeel free to contact Social Work Clinical Lead, Claudine Hutchings on 021 2414459.


Ifyou need any further information about the recruitment process please contactSantosh Parab, Recruitment Consultant at


To submit yourapplication, please click on the Apply button below or visit our website and enter job number CEN05931.


Applications close: midnight25 February 2018


AucklandDHB is committed to the application of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and itsintent to improve the safety of all children. This position is a CoreChildren’s Worker as defined by the Act.


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