How the Taskforce supports the Allied Health, Science and Technical workforces, and its current focus.
Focus of work
With over 40 professions, the allied health workforces are a diverse group of highly skilled professionals who provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to clients. Some workforces are small in number and maintaining New Zealand-based training programmes is challenging. Moreover, the smaller workforces are also prone to extreme/ significant peaks and troughs in supply and demand.
The Taskforce continues to support the Allied Health, Science and Technical workforces to ensure that Health Practitioners are qualified and available/ capable to support the health system of the future and has a focus on:
- recruitment and retention
- education and training
- data, intelligence and information.
During 2017, the Taskforce will continue to:
- address shortages in sonography and vulnerability of the medical physicist workforce
- focus on laboratory pathology, given its importance for bowel screening
- ensure increased access to hearing testing and hearing aid fitting through development of audiometrists scope of practice in conjunction with audiometrists and audiologists
- improve access to early glaucoma diagnosis through promoting improved cooperation between optometrists and ophthalmologists
- develop allied health workforce profiles – similar to the Medical Specialty Factsheets to increase visibility of the workforce and provide those considering a career in allied health, with the necessary information to aid career decision making.