Following consultation in 2017 on Investing in New Zealand’s Future Health Workforce we expect a small proportion of the HWNZ post-entry training budget will be made available to bids from the sector in 2018/9.
There was overwhelming support for change in how training funds are allocated to ensure we invest in our workforce based on future health need rather than historical convention.
The Minister of Health will have final approval of the definitive criteria, but we expect successful submissions to focus on equity and need; enable more innovative and participatory models of care; be founded on professional and service collaboration; and inform practice development and intelligence in more than one area. Decisions will be underpinned by the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of health care.
Detailed guidance and support will be provided to ensure all parts of the sector have an opportunity to participate. Any changes to funding will be incremental and carefully monitored and adapted to ensure they meet our objective of building a sustainable and fit for purpose health workforce.