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Social Worker

Social Worker

Forensic Mental Health Team - Invercargill

Southland Hospital

  • Permanent part-time 0.5 FTE
  • Great work / life balance

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.

About the team

This role is an essential part of our multi-disciplinary team and provides expert knowledge, skills and input to the care team. In this role you will work with and have the support of our multidisciplinary teams and will also work collaboratively with our partners in the health, NGO, criminal justice and corrections services etc.

About you

The Social Worker role with the Invercargill Forensic Mental Health Team provides comprehensive assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and monitoring of people identified as having moderate to severe mental illness and associated psychosocial issues.

You'll bring to this role previous experience in a mental health social work position, ideally in a forensic community setting, and have excellent communication and time management skills. You will be a team player and will demonstrate commitment and innovation in your work.

To be considered for the role you should have social work registration with the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB). You should also have a current, clean driver license and be eligible to live and work in New Zealand.

The location

From excellent shopping to lively cafes and friendly locals, Invercargill has all the benefits of city life with few of the drawbacks. New Zealand's southernmost city is favourably placed on the Southern Scenic Route and is the gateway to some of the most beautiful scenery and destinations including the Southland heartland, Stewart Island, Fiordland and the Catlins.

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.

Closing date: Wednesday, 29 September 2021.

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)


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