Workforce development is a priority for the Ministry. Health Workforce New Zealand funds a national infrastructure to develop the skills and knowledge of those working in the mental health and addictions sector.
This involves supporting district health boards, non-government organisations and other service providers to develop a capable workforce to deliver excellent services.
HWNZ funds Te Pou to purchase specified training programmes for the mental health and addiction workforce, and funds the following organisations to undertake workforce development activities:
- Te Rau Matatini aims to better meet the needs of Māori by growing the Māori workforce
- The Werry Centre aims to address the needs of children and young people who require help to recover from an episode of mental illness or addiction
- Te Pou addresses the needs of these groups plus Asian, service user, family and adult mental health and addictions
- partner organisation Le Va works with Pacific peoples
- Matua Raki focusses on those working with people with alcohol, drug and/or gambling addictions
- and Careerforce distributes training grants for mental health support workers.
HWNZ’s investment relationships and purchasing team also provides funding for post-entry clinical training in psychiatry and health psychology.
Rising to the Challenge, the mental health and addiction service development plan 2012–17, calls for the creation of a new workforce development plan to support new needs and directions. This work is underway.