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Waitematā DHB Social Work & Counselling - Inpatients

Public Service, Allied Health, Cancer Network Group


Social workers are available to assist patients and their families with the personal, social and emotional issues that arise due to illness.


Social workers can talk with patients about:

  • Changing Health
    When changed health and personal or social problems feel overwhelming.
  • Emotional Stress
    When you are stressed trying to manage sickness or disability; either your own or those of someone close to you.
  • Grief and Loss
    When sudden loss or significant change in health occur.
  • Relationship Issues
    When relationships become stressed due to the emotional and social impact of changing health.
  • Complex Problem Solving
    When you are sick and need assistance with practical matters.
  • Information Sharing
    We have a comprehensive directory of community services and agencies.
  • Low Mood
    When changed health and personal or social problems are affecting your mood.
  • Safety
    We are professionally trained to assess each situation and make plans for your safety or the safety of a family member.


Cultural Support
Our social work service can request cultural support services or independent interpreting services to assist as needed.

Referral Expectations

If you, or your friend/relative, are an inpatient please ask your nurse or doctor to refer to our service.

We are also happy to accept self referrals.


There is no charge for our service.

Services Provided


  • Grief counselling
  • Home & family
  • Mental wellbeing

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Public hospitals
  • Social work

Supportive health

  • Social work

Cancer Types

Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Lung, Breast, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Prostate, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Sarcoma, Childhood Cancers, Others

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Travel Directions

We are based at North Shore Hospital on the Lower Ground Floor and at Waitakere Hospital.

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This page was last updated at 12:20PM on May 7, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Waitematā DHB Social Work & Counselling - Inpatients.