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Social_Work.jpeg Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) offers a progressive New Zealand health environment in which to practice social work. Practitioners are continually seeking to develop innovations and improvement in all areas of practice and are encouraged to engage in reflective practice to support this ongoing service development. This is an exhilarating time for the teams as we face the challenge of contributing to the goal of leading performance improvement and lifting the health of the people in Auckland City.

In this locale professional social workers offer a wide range of support and counselling services to patients and their families during their hospital stay, the discharge planning process and as part of continuing care in the community. Social workers are integral members of the health care team in each area of the hospital and community services and are competent in helping patients obtain benefits, access community services as well as cope with and solve problems related to chronic illness and disability.

ADHB provides a wide range of specialities corresponding with its standing as the largest tertiary hospital in New Zealand, this is reflected in the variety of practice locations and skills that social work staff can expect to acquire.

Auckland City Hospital

This social work team covers general surgery and medicine, the emergency department, critical care and a range of specialty services. The teams practice is informed by a robust understanding of frontline trauma intervention and a profound practice commitment to the principles of The Treaty of Waitangi, evidenced by a Maori team who provide services to all Maori patients requiring social work services.

Starship Children’s Health

This social work team offers a diverse range of practice settings including palliative care, a specialist child protection service, general surgery and medicine. The focus of their practice is to work with families to help manage the effects of illness and disability by providing counselling, advocacy and support.

National Women’s Health

The National Women's social work team provide services to inpatient, newborn and maternity outpatients. This team has a strong commitment to the empowerment of women and works alongside women and families, providing advocacy, counselling, case management and discharge planning. In the Epsom Day Unit setting you will have an opportunity to provide safe, free and comprehensive services to women considering a termination of pregnancy. Excellent counselling skills and a strong commitment to respectful and ethical practice are essential in this practice environment.

Community Settings

Social Workers are employed across a variety of community settings providing counselling, advocacy and support for both adults and children and their family/whanau. They work at Rehab Plus, working with adult inpatient and outpatient disabled clients within a rehabilitation setting e.g. stroke, TBI, other neurological conditions, amputees, multi trauma. At A+ Links Home Health Care Team, they provide a social work service to adults in their own homes or community settings. Social Workers are also integral team members across the Starship Community service which provides services to children who experience disability and developmental challenges, a social worker in schools programme, and multi-disciplinary well-child services.

Mental Health Settings

Social Workers are valued members of all multidisciplinary mental health teams. The purpose of practice is to restore individual, family, and community well being, to promote the development of each individual's power and control over their lives, and to promote principles of social justice. There is a specific programme for new graduate social workers with access to funded post-graduate training.  Social Workers are employed in the following areas:
  • Community Services including: Child and Youth; Adult and Older People’s Health; Day Programmes; Early Intervention and Trans-cultural services
  • Specialist Services including: Eating Disorders; Maternal Mental Health and Neuro-behavioural Services; Maori and Pacific Island Health
  • Inpatient Services including: Child and Youth; Adults; Older People and Residential Recovery Programmes

ADHB has a demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development and the provision of services responsive to the culturally diverse population of Auckland City. Social workers practicing at ADHB must have a recognised Social Work qualification and be eligible for registration in New Zealand.

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