About Health Workforce

Health Workforce New Zealand is the team within the Ministry of Health responsible for national co-ordination and leadership on workforce issues.

We provide advice on workforce development and regulation; gather workforce data and intelligence; and invest in health workforce training. Our support is designed to ensure the health system has the right people, in the right place with the right skills to provide the safest care and best outcomes for our population.

HWNZ invests in training and development of the health and disability workforce. This funding:

  • supports new graduate nurses, midwives, pharmacists and doctors to transition into the workforce in their first year of practice
  • subsidises the costs of vocational (specialist) training for doctors including general practice trainees
  • supports the postgraduate training of nurses, midwives and a range of allied health and scientific workers such as anaesthetic technicians, sonographers and medical physicists.

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