Health Workforce Framework development

Developing a common understanding of health workforce challenges and opportunities

The health workforce is an integral part of the health system, no health service can be delivered, no person cared for, no health outcome achieved, without people.

People are our greatest asset and the enabler to improving the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders. However, the health workforce has been experiencing immense pressure, which has only been exacerbated by COVID-19 and winter illness. Addressing health workforce issues and ensuring we have a sustainable, skilled and well-supported health workforce is a priority.

Manatū Hauora, Te Whatu Ora, and Te Aka Whai Ora have begun work to alleviate some of the pressures on health workers in the immediate term. These actions were announced by the Minister of Health, the Hon Andrew Little, on 1 August 2022. A Workforce Taskforce has also been established to agree the key priority interventions where service failure is at risk.

While these actions provide short-term relief to our people and system, there is further work to be done to build a sustainable health workforce for the future.

As part of the Ministry’s role as chief steward of the health system, we are bringing together partners and stakeholders to address the long-term challenges and opportunities that will support the development of a sustainable health workforce.

Manatū Hauora has set up a digital engagement platform Tātou so you can contribute your ideas and comments. Your contribution will help us better understand the issues and identify solutions or opportunities.

Join the conversation on Tātou

The first step in this process is identifying and prioritising the foundational changes required. To support this, Manatū Hauora are engaging with key agencies and organisations that influence the regulation, employment, education and training of the health workforce.

This will include direct engagement through an existing programme of engagement over the course of development of the long-term, foundational framework.

The issues and ideas captured through our channels will help to identify, prioritise and collectively agree to steps to address the challenges facing the health workforce in the reformed health system.

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