Social Health Services » Career Opportunities
A Social Health Services graduate will be prepared for a future working for government health agencies such as District Health Boards, the Ministry of Health, ACC, OSH, as well as working in the non-government sector. In New Zealand, social workers are employed in both the public and private sectors. For example, district health boards, family service centres, government agencies, corrections services, disability organisations, etc.
Social Health Services can lead into the following careers
Youth workers work with people under 25 years of age and their families.
Health promoters work with communities and groups to plan and develop ways to help people improve and manage their health.
Social workers provide advice, advocacy and support to people with personal and social problems.
Counsellors help people to deal with their feelings and responses, and decide on actions they can take to solve problems.
Home aides visit people in the community, do general housework and care for people in their homes.
Rest home managers are responsible for running homes for elderly people and overseeing the care of rest home residents.
Health services managers are responsible for the day-to-day running of a hospital, primary health organisation (PHO), or community health service provider.
Community Karitane offer support to families with children under the age of five, and provide information on parenting issues such as breastfeeding, infant nutrition, sleeping and child behaviour.
Recreation coordinators plan and manage community leisure programmes and events at a variety of venues.