Mental Health Social Worker

Inpatient Mental Health Service – Kensington Centre

Permanent, Part Time – 20 hours per week (0.5FTE),

Monday to Friday


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Life is a collection of small moments: meaningful moments, challenging moments, moments to remember. At SCDHB, we want to support our people to enjoy more of the moments that matter. Are you ready to join us?

Right now, we’re looking for a passionate Social Worker with great interest in mental health to join our Inpatient Mental Health Team in Timaru. Dedicated to helping people live their best possible lives, we’re after someone who truly thrives on seeing patients achieve their goals. Sound like you?

You can make a difference at the South Canterbury DHB. As an integral part of the Mental Health Service, the Social Worker provides psycho-social support to individuals and their families/whanau facing challenges arising from health-related issues.

In this positive team environment, initiative is rewarded with active support allowing for high standards of service delivery.  You will have time to invest in your clients and team and enjoy an established structure which contributes to achieving the best outcomes for our people.

The role includes responsibility for working alongside clients who have an identified need for assistance with issues around employment, finances, and/or housing.


You ideally should have:

  • Full registration with the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board
  • A current Annual Practicing Certificate
  • ANZASW membership or be participating in monthly clinical supervision.
  • Comprehensive Social Work knowledge and appropriate clinical experience preferably within a mental health related setting
  • Experience in managing the complex psycho-social needs of patients and whanau within the health setting
  • The aptitude to make autonomous clinical decisions within scope of practice
  • The ability to work effectively within a team along with a high standard of oral and written communication skills.
  • A current New Zealand driver’s license

If you have a passion for, or experience in working with clients who have mental health issues we would like to hear from you.


Why choose South Canterbury DHB?

As one of the country’s smaller DHBs, our people always have room to move and grow. Working with patients right across the hospital, you’ll get a wide exposure to specialties and enjoy a flat team structure, where processes run smoothly and there are no barriers to leadership or innovation.

On top of all that, you’ll get to enjoy the fantastic Timaru lifestyle: between the beach and the mountains, that long-coveted work-life balance is truly achievable here.

At SCDHB, integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect and excellence are at the heart of everything we do. We are a proudly diverse team, as we know a diverse and inclusive workforce achieves the best outcomes for our patients and communities. If you share in these core values and bring them into every aspect of your patient care, we can’t wait for you to join us.


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We look forward to receiving your application directly via our Careers Site.  If you have any questions regarding this role please contact Human Resources by phoning 03 687-2230.

Closing Date:  OPEN 2022


As part of our duty of care towards our patients, it is crucial that all patient-facing staff be fully immunised. If you have made it to the later stages of recruitment, you will be expected to produce your immunisation records for infection control purposes.

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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: IGAO1137555

Location: Mental Health Services (Kensington Centre)

Closing Date: OPEN 2022