Bachelor of Social Science,University of Waikato, 1984
Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences, Social Policy and Social Work, Massey University, 1991, C.Q.S.W.
New Zealand Association of Social Workers Competency Certificate, 2008
Social Work Registration Board No. 2924
Master of Health Science (Mental Health), University of Otago, 2003
Supervision in the Social Services (PG Certificate) University of Otago, 2007
Assessment and Treatment of Mental Disorder and Co-existing Alcohol and drug disorders. (PG Certificate), University of Otago, 2014

Work experience

February 1987 - October 1991: Social Worker, Christchurch Hospital.  Generic Social Work. 
November 1990 - January 1991: Residential Social Worker, International Hospital Group, London.
November 1989 - February 1990: Social Worker, Sunnyside (Hillmorten) Hospital, Acute Inpatient. 
November 1991 - August 1994: Family Health Counselling Centre.  Social Worker.
August 1994 – October 1997: Senior Social Worker – Psychiatric Emergency Service.
October 1997 – October 2002: Senior Social Worker – Child and Family Specialty Service
December 1999 – October 2002:  Clinical Head – Child and Family Speciality Service
October 2002 – July 2005: Child Protection Coordinator, Mental Health Services CDHB, 0.5 FTE. Clinical Social Work Specialist Social. Family Mental Health Service, 0.1 FTE
July 2005 – October 2007: Social Worker Psychiatric Emergency Service, Christchurch Hospital. 0.5 FTE.  Hillmorten Hospital 0.5
October 2004 – October 2007:  Assistant and Guest lecturing for Dept of Social Work and Community Development, University of Otago distance learning programme. Private Supervision, in Christchurch, South Canterbury and Greymouth.
November 2007 – July 2010: Social Worker, Mental Health Services Wakatipu Queenstown, Southland DHB.
August 2010 - May 2011: Manager Community Networks Wanaka.
May 2011 - June 2012: Child and Adolescent Mental health Earthquake Response Team, Canterbury District Health Board.
July 2012 - November 2014: Social Worker at Lakes District Hospital and Brief Intervention Mental Health Counselling.
December 2014 - present: Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Emergency Psychiatric Care. ACC contract work and private councselling and supervision.


Clay H., Surgenor L.J., & Frampton C.M., Assessing Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Children: Factors Associated with Multiple Informant Consistency in New Zealand, H. Clay, L. Surgenor, C. Frampton, New Zealand Journal of Psychology Vol. 37, No. 1, March 2008
Clay H. & Bobier C., The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Response to the Christchurch Earthquakes:  Have we recovered yet? Paper presented at Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference, Brisbane, April 2012

Other Interests

I enjoy the company of my family and spend as much time as possible with them.
I am involved in a number of outdoor pursuits including multi sport, mountaineering and skiing. Prior to the arrival of two children, holidays and weekends were often spent in the outdoors, skiing in winter and rock and alpine climbing in summer. I have climbed many of the major mountains in New Zealand and am a member of the New Zealand Alpine Club.
I have traveled abroad to Europe and Asia, the Middle East and North America.
I enjoy the present challenges involved in raising my eighteen-year old daughter, who has autistic spectrum disorder, fine and gross motor coordination problems and a mild intellectual disability, and my ‘normal’ sixteen-year old son.
I enjoy sharing and adapting my outdoor experiences with my husband and children. Together with family and friends we enjoy skiing, camping and related outdoor activities.
I am a board member of Autism New Zealand, a former Chairperson of Disabled Snowsports New Zealand and have an interest in Special Olympic NZ (equestrian and snow sports). I was a member of the Disability Advisory Committee for the Otago and Southland DHBs until the merger.


Phone/text: 021-887767

Skype: heather.clay63