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Social Worker - South Community Mental Health Team

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time (40 hours/week)
  • Great team

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

About the team

South Community Mental Health team provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness.

About the role and 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 out of Wakari 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. 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. At least two years previous experience in a mental health setting is required and it is preferable that you have previous community mental health experience.

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) within three months of appointment. A current full driver's 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.

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.

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; 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 start 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-invite/11182/

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