Allied Health Taskforce terms of reference and membership

The Terms of Reference for the Allied Health, Science and Technical Workforces Taskforce Governance Group and information about membership.

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1. Purpose

The Allied Health, Science and Technical Workforces Taskforce Governance Group (Group) will provide oversight and advice on the development and maintenance of sustainable Allied Health, Science and Technical workforces (workforces). The Group will provide advice to Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ).

The purpose of the Group is to develop a strategy to enable:

  • raising the profile of the workforces as important contributors to the New Zealand health system
  • sustainability of workforces that include a diverse range of professional groups
  • strategic investment in training in the workforces
  • raising the profile of and increasing the participation in Allied Health professions, particularly with Māori and Pacific peoples
  • collecting better/reliable data on the workforces
  • encourage/influence whole service investment.

2. Background

HWNZ wants to provide leadership to the workforces to ensure that Health Practitioners are qualified and available/capable to support the health system of the future. The workforces are a very diverse group of highly skilled professionals who provide diagnostic, health promotion, illness prevention and therapeutic services to clients. Some workforces are small in number and maintaining New Zealand-based training programmes is challenging. Where numbers are small, these workforces are prone to extreme/significant peaks and troughs in supply and demand.

3. Membership of the Governance Group

Governance Group*
Stella Ward (Chair) Executive Director, Allied Health, Science and Technical, Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB
Ray Lind Chief Executive, Careerforce
Sue McCullough Organiser, PSA
MProf Max Abbott AUT Faculty of Health and Environmental Science
Janice Mueller Representative from Health Regulatory Authorities of New Zealand
Dr Deborah Powell Representative from APEX
Gloria Crossley Representative of the HWNZ Board
Catherine Epps Representative of the Directors of Allied Health
Dr Peter Robinson Chief Clinical Advisor, ACC
Dr Monique Faleafa Chief Executive, Le Va
Riana Clarke National Clinical Director, Oral Health, Ministry of Health

*Membership may change from time to time.

4. Role of the Group 

The role of the Group is to:

  • agree a strategic framework for the development of the workforces
  • oversee ways of supporting the workforces
  • provide leadership to support educational and training requirements
  • support educational and training requirements to be fit for purpose
  • identify and respond to vulnerable workforces
  • identify examples of workforce innovation and transformation in other jurisdictions.

5. Meetings


Every two months.


Ministry of Health office, 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington, and via teleconference.


Circulated at least five working days before the meeting.


Circulated with the agenda whenever possible rather than being tabled at the meeting.

Meeting notes

Circulated with action notes, within 5 working days of the meeting, to be approved at the next meeting.


At any meeting, will consist of six group members.

Expectations of Group Members

  • Champion the work of the group and bring their expertise and networks to the table.
  • Make a commitment to work for the success of the project.
  • Attend group meetings, and participate actively in the work of the group.
  • Ensure that apologies are lodged within an appropriate time if unable to attend a meeting.
  • Stay informed about Group matters, prepare for meetings where required and review prioritised work as it progresses.

6. Confidentiality

All members are required to maintain the confidentiality of all discussions, documents and matters within this group unless otherwise jointly agreed by the members.

7. Conflict of Interest

It is recognised that members and their organisations have interests in the matters being considered by the Group. In general, these interests only become a conflict of interest where there is a potential and/or organisational gain. This could be actual or perceived.

Members must declare if they have financial, professional, organisational or personal interest (direct or indirect) that might create conflict. A Conflict of Interest register will be kept and the Chair will ensure conflicts of interest are managed appropriately.

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