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Pacific Island Social Worker

Social Worker - Pacific Island Trust

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • 1.0 FTE permanent role
  • 40 Hours per week
  • New Graduate opportunity

Working together with Pacific Island Trust

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.

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 and Pacific Island Services and SDHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services.

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 driver's licence.

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

About 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. 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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Sunday, 9 January 2022.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email caroline.godfrey@southerndhb.govt.nz

Pre-employment checks

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

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination before you commence work and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job/Pacific-Island-Social-Worker/587913610/

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