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Social Worker

Ward 9b and Ward 11 Mental Health Inpatient Units

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, part-time 0.8 FTE (32 hours/week)
  • 0.55 FTE (22 hrs) Ward 9b, 0.25 (10 hrs) Ward 11
  • Great team / work life balance

About the team

The teams of both wards provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing severe to moderate mental health issues.

Ward 9b is 15 bed acute/intensive mental health admission unit, involved in the assessment and treatment of complex and serious mental health presentations.

Ward 11 is a 16-bed rehabilitation unit involved in ongoing treatment, stabilisation transition to community of complex mental health presentations.

About the opportunity / About you

We have a great opportunity for a Social Worker to join the team on a permanent basis. In this role, you'll be part of a multidisciplinary team based at Wakari Hospital, working across two wards 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. We need you to be able to demonstrate your effective communication skills and your ability to think on your feet while exuding calmness under pressure.

You'll have an excellent set of skills - written and oral communication; needs assessment; networking; advocacy; and critical thinking. Plus, you'll have the ability to support and empower the patient and the family/whanau to reach their goals.

While previous experience in a mental health setting is preferred, the clinical team of both units is able to support an individual to grow and develop knowledge and experience appropriate to being a social worker within a mental health setting.

You must hold a professional social worker qualification (as per Social Worker Registration Board schedules for registration eligibility i.e., Bachelor's degree equivalent) and be Registered and hold a current annual practicing certificate with Social Work Registration Board (SWRB). A current full driver licence is required.

If you're seeking that elusive blend of time to do what you love in life, combined with your Social Work passion and the need to make a difference in the lives of our clients, then we believe joining our team might just tick all the boxes.

See position description here

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 for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Sunday, 6 February 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, on phone: (03) 214 5769 or email:

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 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: