Social Worker – Physical Health, Whanganui

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā
Nau mai, haere mai, whakapiri mai!
Kia koutou ngā rangatira mā
Kia kaha, Kia māia ki te tono mō tenei nohonga
ki te Pōari Hauora o Whanganui

We welcome you, come closer.
Come closer to hear the words of encouragement and urge you all
to apply for this position on offer at the Whanganui DHB

Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) is seeking applications for Social Worker – Physical Health

Whanganui Hospital
Social Work Department
Permanent, full time (40 hours per week)

Whanganui DHB is committed to increase the diversity of our workforce, and actively focus on employing and building a sustainable Māori workforce which supports our pro-equity commitment.

Ngā Uarātanga | Our Values

  • Aroha – The value of love, respect and empathy, demonstrating compassionate and non-judgemental relationships.
  • Kōtahitanga – The value of unity and vision sharing where we demonstrate trust and collaboration.
  • Manaakitanga – The value of respect, support and caring where we demonstrate doing our very best for others.
  • Tino Rangatiratanga – The value of self-determination where we empower individual/whānau choice.

Ko te kaupapa | About the role

We have the opportunity for a motivated Social Worker to join a dynamic and progressive team of physical health Social Workers.

Your primary area of work will be rotating across inpatient surgical and orthopaedics ward, medical ward, critical care unit, acute stroke unit and Assessment Treatment and Rehabilitation ward. With Thriving Communities as our outpatient department and community rehabilitation. This allows you to gain experience across a wide range of conditions at different stages of rehabilitation, whilst being supported by an integrative multi-disciplinary team.

Whanganui Hospital gives you the unique opportunity of being involved in patient care for their whole patient journey. You will be able to build professional relationships with patients and whanau along with other medical professionals involved in their care. With our vision ‘Thriving Communities’ in mind, this position is expected to extend across community rehabilitation in the future.

Ko koe tēnei | About you

  • Align to WDHB values and vision
  • Pro-equity focus
  • Hold full registration with the SWRB, or currently working towards this
  • Have an understanding of other health professional roles
  • Motivated to maintain high level of knowledge and skill
  • Links with local and national community agencies and organisations

This position is ideal for new graduate Social Worker looking to develop a good foundation in Social Work practice. This position also provides an opportunity for a more experienced Social Worker to broaden their skill set and explore other areas of practice.

Ngā hua o te Mahi i Te Pōari o Whanganui | Working at the Whanganui DHB

  • We offer on-going support and training
  • We can mentor you in a very supportive team
  • Professional Supervision
  • We provide regular in-services and opportunities for funded external courses to enhance your Continued Professional Development

 Ko wai mātou | Who are we

Our vision is He Hāpori Ora – Thriving Communities, with our mission being ‘to improve health and independence through a responsive and integrated health system’.

We ensure health care places people and their whānau at the centre of everything we do with and for them. We support and empower individuals and whānau to determine their own wellbeing and are committed to working in authentic partnership with other health care providers, iwi, government, social and community agencies to build strong, resilient, connected people and whānau.

As part of Whanganui District Health Board’s commitment to Whānau Ora, our vision and mission recognises that to achieve healthy communities, all people -regardless of income or social status – need to live in healthy homes and environments where people feel safe, connected, resilient and able to determine their own needs and the needs of their whānau.

For more information regarding our DHB visit:

The Whanganui DHB rohe/region has something for everyone. From excellent education and sports training facilities, outdoor adventure pursuits, the best value-for-money housing in New Zealand, access to rural communities and lush picturesque native forest and idyllic surroundings. Our hospital campus is located within the beautiful family orientated town of Whanganui which has a moderate climate, next to the mighty Whanganui River, near to the sea, with the central plateau a stone’s throw away, if you are looking for a change in lifestyle with good career prospects then the Whanganui rohe/region is the place to be.

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Me pēhea te tono | How to apply:

For more information, please contact Julie Whyte, Recruitment Coordinator on or (06) 348 8911 or apply online at

Rā Katinga | Applications close

Applications close: 15 April 2021

Vacancy:  03-SWPH-5725

Ko au ko tōku whānau, ko tōku whanau ko au
Nothing about me without me, and my whānau/family