Te wero kaimahi | Health workforce challenge

The challenges for our health workforce are wide ranging, covering all areas of the health system and many have been persistent for a long time.

The pressures healthcare workers are under are the result of increasing demand, the growing complexity of healthcare, an ageing workforce, recruitment and retention challenges as well as persistent underrepresentation of Māori, Pacific, disabled and ethnic populations in the health workforce.

It is critical the health system has sufficient availability of health workers able to meet the needs of our communities and the services they require.

The health and disability system transformation has provided an opportunity to do things differently and has changed the context of the health system and workforce settings.

To achieve the vision and objectives of pae ora, we also need to ensure our health workforce is:

  • equitably distributed and accessible by the population
  • able to provide options for Māori and other population groups in relation to their health needs
  • culturally safe, responsive and representative of the communities they serve
  • motivated, empowered, able to deliver quality care and continuously improve services, access to services and health outcomes
  • is enabled to provide the cultural competencies and mātauranga Māori that is needed to achieve equitable outcomes.

Kōrero mai | Have your say

We want to ensure we are collectively identifying and are enabled to deliver change to address current health workforce challenges and support the development of a health workforce strategy

The questions outlined below, are provided as a starting point. 

  1. What are key opportunities for change?
  2. How will these opportunities solve issues currently facing the health workforce?

Through this tool, you also have the option to look through other ideas put forward, provide comment and support ideas.

Te Pāhekoheko | Engagement

While we need to undertake targeted engagement, we are not starting from scratch. Our process will ensure we build on years of insights and feedback from our stakeholders about the issues and opportunities facing the health workforce.

This online engagement is to support ongoing discussion, to prioritise opportunities for change and develop the health workforce strategy.

Me pēhea te hono mai | How to take part

  • you first need to register to add an idea or comment
  • start by taking a look at existing ideas – you can order by those with the highest rating or most comments
  • you can also use the search and filter tools to find specific topics
  • if you have a new idea that isn’t already on the site, click Add Idea to submit it
  • if you see an idea you could add to, or want to comment on, simple click on it to open the thread and add your comment

If you have any questions or problems using the site; please contact strategies@health.govt.nz.

We have extended the closing date of the challenge to 30 November 2022.

Ka ahatia ā muri i taku pōhi? | What happens after I post?

  • Ideas and comments will be published as soon as you've posted. We’re moderating daily during the week from 9:00am to 4:00pm and will remove any comments or ideas that don’t meet our moderation policy
  • Posts that duplicate existing ideas will be locked to keep the conversation in one place.
  • Please note we can’t always reply to posts or answer questions.
  • Any submission you make becomes public information. Please read through our privacy policy to understand how the Ministry will use and protect your information.