Health social workers are professionally qualified social workers who assist patients and their whānau/families to manage the emotional and social impacts of illness and/or disability.
They assist the patient and family to develop strategies to manage any changes that have happened as a result of ill health or disability.
Health social workers
- offer supportive counselling around health issues and the impacts those issues have on both the individual and the whānau/family
- provide help in all cases of suspected family violence, abuse and neglect
- support clients and families as they make important health-related decisions
- assist clients to access the available support services they may need in the community,
- provide advice and support to access agencies such as Work and Income, ACC etc.
Manager, Social Work Acute
Manager - Social Work Rural and Community/ OPR/CDC
Lead Social Work Clinician (Mental Health and Addictions)
Health social workers are based in several locations in the community as well as:
- Waikato, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui hospitals
- Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre.
For all departments: 07 839 8899
People living in the community can access a health social worker through their GP (general practitioner/family doctor), a district nurse, public health nurse etc.
People in any of our hospitals can access a health social worker through any nursing or medical staff member or other hospital staff (e.g. kaitiaki, physiotherapist etc.).