Mental Health Social Worker

Pirirākau Hauora is a hapū based kaupapa Māori organisation located in the rural community of Te Puna, Tauranga. Providing quality services working within a Māori model of practice and Whānau Ora client centred approach. Services we provide are a fully equipped GP clinic, mirimiri, rongoā, mental health services and a range of community health and educational programmes.

Infant, Child, Adolescent and Youth Mental Health Clinician Role

To support families, whānau and carers in maximising the individual development potential and mental health of infants, children, adolescents and youth between the ages of 0-19 years up to their twentieth birthday. To be eligible for this service the tamariki/rangatahi will have or suspected of having a mental health and/or alcohol and other drug disorder, psychological disorders, including severe emotional and behavioural disturbances

To actively support the delivery of kaupapa Māori services of Pirirākau Hauora in a way that promotes, and enhances wellbeing, unity to whānau and establishes a strong foundation for ongoing mental health support.


Process referrals promptly within 24-48 hour timeframe.
Meet with client at an agreed location to conduct clinical/risk assessments and/or provide brief intervention/treatment where appropriate.
Create and maintain individual plans and whānau plans.
Support client/whānau to achieve goals and outcomes using aged appropriate therapies and techniques.
Support client/whānau in engaging with recommended partners.
Maintain active case load of 15-20 people. Predominantly Māori.
Maintain regular contact with client/whānau and report on engagement.
Ensure client feedback is obtained and feedback to the Manager.

Relevant clinical qualification i.e. Social Work, Nurse, Counsellor and holds a practising certificate.
Preferred experience and knowledge within Mental Health field and proven clinical credibility and therapy based practice.
Understanding of Mental Health Sector Standards.
Experience working with Māori communities and in particular hapū and iwi within Tauranga Moana and the surrounding rohe.
Awareness of the dynamics of whānau, hapū and iwi and understanding and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Rewarding role and opportunity to make a difference
Positive work environment and be a valued member of multidisciplinary team
Ongoing training and professional development
Flexible work options

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