Social Worker, Waikato

Where you’ll be working: Waikato Hospital
The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight (1 FTE)

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified practitioner to join the social work team at Waikato Hospital. The position will primarily be based in the medical and surgical wards.

Required skills & experience:

We welcome applications from qualified social workers who are registered with the Social Workers Registration Board of New Zealand and hold a current drivers licence.

To apply you will need the following competencies:

  • psycho-social assessment and intervention
  • intimate partner violence screening, assessment and intervention
  • child protection and vulnerable adult assessment and intervention
  • individual and family counselling skills
  • therapeutic social work
  • a commitment to bicultural practice
  • knowledge of the emotional and social impacts of changing health status.
  • experience in service development
  • ability to navigate access to a wide variety of resources and support services
  • case management skills

Future social work service delivery hours may be extended, therefore the successful applicant will need to be available for rostered on-call weekend work.

About the service:

Our Social Work team covers the Emergency Department, Critical Care, Medicine, Surgery, Women’s Health, Paediatrics, Older Persons & Rehabilitation, Renal and Oncology. Although our team works within a range of health services in hospital and community-based settings throughout the Waikato district, they report professionally to a manager within our Allied Health Service.

A wide range of education, training and learning opportunities are offered to our allied health staff, for more information click here.


Waikato District Health Board

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. You can read about our vision, strategy and values here.


We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Why Waikato: Learn about living in the mighty Waikato here

Your application:

Please apply directly online through the WaikatoDHB website:

For any queries about the role please contact Taylor Spence in the Recruitment Team at

Application closing date: 28 October 2020

Position Description


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