Dermatology workforce service forecast

This report's vision for dermatology in New Zealand in 2020 is 'that patients will have equitable access to an integrated, consultant-led service that delivers high quality health care'.  To address access issues, the model identifies core services that need to be delivered safely and efficiently by appropriately trained staff that work in collaborative teams to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment plans, delivered in a safe and timely way.

It is one of a number of forecasts commissioned by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) to build a picture of the future health and disability workforce.

Recommendations included:

  • every DHB to have a dermatologist-led team providing a core of dermatology services
  • comprehensive dermatology training provided in New Zealand
  • dermatology services are accessible equitably across New Zealand
  • dermatology expertise is enhanced
  • key role of dermatologists is recognised in the management of skin cancer
  • better information gathering and data collection
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