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Source: Northland District Health Board – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Social Work

Health social workers provide free and confidential support services for all ages after accident or illness and changes in life. They provide social work assessments and intervention for all areas of health including maternity; community rehabilitation, child and family, palliative care and care of older people.

Social workers provide practical and emotional support for clients and families with health issues in the mid-north. They help with completing forms (eg. Ministry of Health transport form) and are prepared to support clients in their dealings with other agencies.  They are mobile and see clients and families at Community Services, patients in Bay of Islands Hospital and in client’s homes.

Clients are referred by other health professionals and agencies. Clients can also self-refer.