Allied Health Taskforce updates

Key messages and updates

July 2017

The group met on 26 July 2017 and:

  • were introduced to the new HWNZ GM and is looking forward working together to ensure a sustainable allied health workforce now and in the future
  • were provided with an update on the workforce modelling programme and will provide input into further modelling to be undertaken
  • is  identifying all allied health workforce activities across HWNZ and DHBs to ensure linkages 
  • received an update from the Psychology Taskforce and will be closely linked to the ongoing work of this group
  • endorsed a proposal for rural psychologists to be added to the Voluntary Bonding List.

May 2017

The group met on 31 May 2017 and noted the following:

  • The Lab Round table is reviewing the impact following the publication of the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workforce Blueprint, Version #7, November 2016 (PDF, 570KB) and will provide a progress report to the group at its next meeting
  • Imaging workforce processes are in development with Directors of Allied Health leaders encouraged to engage in this work. Although still at an exploratory stage it indicates a number of actions already underway. 
  • The group:
    • reviewed the dental and physiotherapy activity and noted the engagement with Regulatory Authorities
    • is developing a draft work programme, for sign out by the HWNZ Board and is pleased to note that HWNZ is committed to putting more resources behind activating the decisions and directions of the group
    • is concerned that with an increase in Australian based training fees, there could be a potential impact on New Zealand students with fewer being able to access and/or  complete their training.
    • discussed the flow on impact from care worker pay settlement and the impact on the Kaiwhina taskforce  as the environment has been disrupted by the process and implementation.

March 2017

The group met on 7 March 2017 with the next meeting scheduled for 31 May 2017.

  • At the March meeting, the group noted the outcome of the recent Medical Imaging Workforce of New Zealand Stakeholder Hui and provided feedback on the composition and capabilities of a small group to take this work forward.
  • The group also identified areas of commonality with the other Taskforces and opportunities for collaboration, in particular partnering with the Kaiāwhina Taskforce.
  • Following the Ministry’s Symposium at the end of February 2016, the group will continue with a technology lens on all its ongoing and future work.
  • Linking and collaboration with Ministry of Social Development key staff regarding the social worker workforce and connecting with the Ministry of Vulnerable Children was seen as a priority in the Group’s ongoing deliberations.
  • Good progress was noted with the ongoing modelling of the allied health workforces.
  • The Taskforce noted the New Zealand Medical Laboratory Workforce Blueprint, Version #7, November 2016 (PDF, 570KB). This workforce blueprint provides a simple overview of “what we have now” with a focus on the developing state of laboratory services, likely future shape of the industry and how it can / will deliver to health imperatives. The group noted that this will consider what adaptation needs to be implemented and ultimately to progress and assist the workforce, rather  than reacting to change. This document is intended to be a living document to guide us whilst remaining adaptive as our industry evolves.

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