Health social workers are specialised professionals and provide services to people using the services of Lakes District Health Board - Rotorua and Taupō. We work collaboratively with the patient, their family/whanau and other multi/inter disciplinary teams and interagency teams.
Health social workers can assist with:
- Helping individuals, families and whanau in making their own decisions about community based care.
- Providing information and helping families access resources in the hospital and the community.
- Providing support and health-related short term counselling.
- Advocating for and negotiating on behalf of individuals, families and whanau.
- Helping with planning and discharge (referrals to other agencies in the community is part of this).
Issues that may arise when in hospital:
- Health, sickness and disability issues
- Carer stress
- Coping strategies
- Family violence
- Elder abuse
- Legal issues e.g. Power of Attorney
Health social workers are service based; situated in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. They can be found at the following locations:
|Physical Health Services||Mental Health Services|
|Surgical Unit||Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (iCAMHS)|
|Orthopaedic Unit||Adult Community Mental Health & Addiction Services|
|Medical Unit||Mental Health Service for Older People (MHSOP)|
|Older Persons and Rehabilitation Unit||Taupō Mental Health|
| Woman, Child and Family Service
(Maternal; Neonatal and Child Health)
|District Nursing (Community Health)|
|Taupō Hospital (Generic Physical Health)|
|Shelley Kirk||Professional Lead Social Work||(07) 349 8755 Ext 8050|
People have the right to ask for or decline health social work services and also have a right to be treated in accordance with the Health & Disabilities Act.
New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.
Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.
Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.
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This page was last updated at 12:16PM on August 6, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Social Work.