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Social Worker, Specialist Primary Mental Health & Addictions Service (VID: 6338)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 25/09/2022
Health NZ – MidCentral District (previously MidCentral District Health Board) provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatu, Horowhenua and Tararua regions.  With a large hospital campus at Palmerston North, the health care provider also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.
To comply with the recent health order, MidCentral District requires ALL its employees to be fully vaccinated (and boosted as applicable) against COVID-19. We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.
MidCentral District actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve. 
Te Uru Rauhi, Mental Health and Addiction Services have an exciting opportunity for experienced and enthusiastic Mental Health and Addiction Social Worker.
We are looking for a candidate who is excited by change and who is committed to ensuring quality, culturally responsive care. This role will be pivotal in ensuring the delivery of safe, efficient, and comprehensive contemporary high quality, whānau whaiora centred clinical services.
Mental Health and Addictions Services at MidCentral District are moving towards a wellness and recovery-focused approach that encourages interconnectedness socially, spiritually, physically and environmentally and encompasses the aspirations to achieve ‘WAIORA’ flourishing individuals, whānau, and communities. This new service model delivery approach will support the achievement of whānau whaiora. 
The Social Worker will be a member of Community Mental Health and Addiction Services in our newly developing Specialist Primary Services across our three districts of Horowhenua, Manawatu and Tararua.  The home base for this role in in our Palmerston North locality.  
The successful candidate requirements:
  • A registered social worker 
  • Current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate
  • Commitment to MDHB core values: Compassionate - Ka whai aroha, Respectful - Ka whai Ngākau, Courageous - Ka Mātātoa and Accountable - Ka noho haepapa. 
  • Have excellent written and interpersonal skills 
  • Strives for excellence and delivers high-quality care that focuses on the needs of whānau whaiora. 

The successful candidate will be offered the ability to contribute to the vision of providing Te Mātāpuna o te Ora – connected care for Mental Health and Addiction Services for whānau to ensure flourishing resilient hapori/communities.

You will have the opportunity to join an organisation that is committed and focused on contributing to equity of health outcomes.
You will report to the Specialist Primary Service Manager, Mental Health & Addiction Service.
If you wish to discuss the position further, please contact Heidi Graham, Service Manager on 0274200864 or
MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. To find out more information about the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 click here.

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.
Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000. In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.
Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures. Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.


For further information:
Human Resources
Private Bag 11036
Manawatu Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

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Send a message to a patient at a MidCentral DHB facility.

General information about Palmerston North Hospital.