Social Workers, SDHB, Invercargill

Southern District Health Board


  • Allied Health unit
  • Southland Hospital
  • Permanent, full-time (1.0FTE)

There is an opportunity for a Social Worker with enthusiasm to join the team at Southland Hospital working in adult and child physical health settings.

About the opportunity

As a Social Worker in this team, you will have sound social work knowledge and skills, be a team player with excellent communication skills and work cohesively as part of the interdisciplinary team. You will be part of the Allied Health unit, Social Work team based at Southland Hospital.Allied Health unit Social Workers cover acute physical health inpatients and outpatient /community women and children social work.

You will provide social work practice facilitating safe discharges and providing psychosocial support to patients and their whānau / families referred to our service and ensuring patient safety and risk assessments are carried out.

About you

Ideally, you’ll bring to us experience in working in an adult inpatient hospital setting, and/or recent experience working in a paediatric inpatient hospital setting. It is essential that you bring an understanding of the social determinants of health and the impact this has on a client’s health and social needs.

You’ll have sound social work knowledge and skills, be a team player with excellent communication skills. You will be able to think on your feet, be experienced at working under pressure and be able to multitask. You’ll be adaptable and flexible allowing you to work effectively with your clients and within a changing health environment.

To be considered for this role you must hold a professional Social Work qualification and have registration or be able to obtain registration with the Social Work Registration Board within 3 months of appointment.

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.

Why Southern?

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`: for what the region and we can offer you and your whānau.

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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

Closing date: Sunday, 15 August 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.

For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • occupational health assessment
  • police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)