Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPoA) for Social Workers

Wednesday 26th September 10am – 11am

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Presenter: Rachel Kent

Rachel brings with her the dual skill of being both a registered social worker and lawyer. Rachel began her career as a Health Social Worker and spent 13 years working in a variety of health settings including hospitals, health centres and community health agencies. In 2009 Rachel graduated with a LLB with first class honours and was admitted to the Bar in October 2010. One of her law papers entitled ‘Misuse of Enduring Powers of Attorney’ was published in the Law Review. Rachel has extensive experience in professional regulation having worked both at the Medical Council and Social Workers Registration Board as a lawyer. Rachel currently works in professional regulation (for the Medical Council) on a contract basis as well as accrediting Health and Safety Professionals.


Social workers are often responsible for helping clients, their families and multi-disciplinary staff to navigate the PPPR act. This webinar examined EPOA. Information about the legislation is provided and advice given so social workers can support clients, whanau and other staff. Some pitfalls are pointed out.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know what various forms of EPOA are.
  • Know where to find legislation and supporting documents
  • Use this knowledge to inform clients, whanau and colleagues about legislation
  • Know what behaviour is inappropriate for a registered health professional.

SWRB Core Competencies 4,7,9