Position: Entry level

Job type: Full-time

Salary: Negotiate

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Nau mai, haere mai ki whanau ora ki Te Awakairangi

Location: Hutt Hospital

Service: Social Work



About The Service

We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about Children’s and Women’s Health to join our inpatient team. This is a permanent part time social work position based at Hutt Hospital. We require a registered and skilled social worker who will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary team. You will work across the Maternity ward, Surgical ward, Special Care Baby Unit, Children’s ward and the Maternity Assessment Unit, along with providing cover to other areas of the hospital when required.

About The Role

You will be responsible for completing comprehensive psychosocial, and risk assessments, to identify critical needs and ensure women, children and their whānau are well supported during admission, and that discharges are safe, resourced and planned. You will respond to a range of referrals which will include, family harm, child protection, problem solving during pregnancy, and complex social and medical issues. You will have excellent communication, documentation, triaging and problem solving skills.

Skills And Experience

Our preferred applicant will have previous child health experience, and will be able to work comfortably in a supportive but busy and challenging environment to provide culturally appropriate care for the benefit of our patients and their whānau. An understanding of legislation that relates to women and children such as the Oranga Tamariki Act (1989), Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act (1977) and Family Violence Act (2018) is desirable.

If you thrive in a busy team environment and are committed to expanding your practice and providing specialist support to women and children, we would love to hear from you. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the right skills and experience who share our values to apply, and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori and Pacific communities.

Skills And Experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional practice, with at least 2 years within a health setting. Those with less experience will be considered.
  • Comprehensive psycho-social assessment
  • Use of reflective practice as a tool for growth and development
  • Navigating and using legislative frameworks related to family harm, care and protection of children and vulnerable adults


We offer a supportive workplace culture with a commitment to your on-going professional development. This includes; a comprehensive orientation programme, training and study opportunities, and peer support.

Staff benefits include our newly developed staff ’Wellness Program’, discounts from many companies throughout the region, and use of our onsite gym.

How To Apply

Please complete an online HVDHB application form by clicking the ’Apply Now’ button. You can also apply and see a copy of the job description through our careers website: www.huttvalleydhb.org.nz

Please note: For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

For further information on this role, please email our Recruitment Team and indicate the vacancy number 1114532-21 and job title in the subject line.

HVDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed

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