Health Workforce New Zealand Board

HWNZ is governed by an independent Board, chaired by Professor Des Gorman. The Board was established as a committee under section 11 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 to provide advice to the Minister of Health and the Director-General of Health. Work is carried out by the HWNZ business unit within the Ministry of Health.

The Board is supported by a number of advisory groups that provide specialist advice and expertise and undertake work in specific areas. These cover the medical workforce; nursing; midwifery; allied health; and Kaiawhina.

We fund regional directors of workforce development in four hubs across New Zealand to support workforce development and training of health professionals to meet local community needs and make better use of resources. The hubs, covering the four DHB regions, are a collaboration between the HWNZ, regional shared services agencies, DHBs, the broader health sector, education providers and professional associations.

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