Social Work

Roles & opportunities

Social Workers in Te Whatu Ora Waitaha form an integral part of the multidisciplinary team in whatever sector we choose to work – and there is plenty of choice!

The range of social work practice opportunities include acute hospital care, rehabilitation services, community work and mental health. We work across 5 different hospitals where there is always support and opportunity to learn from others in the team. Regular supervision is provided to you wherever you work.

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha requires that social workers, like all other allied health professionals, achieve registration. There is plenty of help and support to assist you to achieve this. Your professional supervisor will advise and help you through the process, and colleagues who have “been there and done that” are always ready to lend a hand.

What we're proud of

  • Social workers from Te Whatu Ora Waitaha often represent their department or service on community-based working groups to develop policies or represent a client group’s needs to funding bodies like the Government.
  • Social workers new to the mental health and addiction environment are supported through a programme that provides a practice-centred curriculum to help them develop confidence and effective clinical practice in this challenging environment:  through the New Entry to Specialist Practice programme.
  • You will find a genuine commitment within Te Whatu Ora Waitaha to enable you to grow in your professional practice with opportunities to move into leadership and management roles.
  • We play an active role in training social work students, and you will have the opportunity to share your growing expertise and knowledge in training another competent social worker. We take students from the University of Canterbury, CPIT, Otago University, and sometimes from other campuses.

How to join the kapa (team)

Contact the recruitment kapa


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