Whanau meetings in the hospital: Uncovering the unique role of social workers


  • Linda Haultain Social worker at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.
  • Andrew Thompson Social worker at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.
  • Matalau Loli Social worker at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.
  • Joanne Herd Social worker at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.
  • Susan Comber Social worker at Auckland City Hospital, Auckland.




special issue on social work in healthcare, health social work, healthcare, whanau meetings, social work practice,


Social workers in health care settings frequently play a major role in working with patients, families and other health professionals to utilise family meetings to improve communication and outcomes. This article describes a quality related project undertaken by a group of hospital social workers to explore effective social work practice in family meetings. The study identifies five essential practice activities as significant in supporting effective whanau meeting practice.


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How to Cite

Haultain, L., Thompson, A., Loli, M., Herd, J., & Comber, S. (2009). Whanau meetings in the hospital: Uncovering the unique role of social workers. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 21(4), 4–14. https://doi.org/10.11157/anzswj-vol21iss4id212