Include counselling psychology and psychotherapy alongside the need for more psychologists
The Health Workforce Strategy Taskforce recognises the need for more clinical psychologists across the country. However, the Taskforce must also acknowledge the importance of other professions, including counselling psychologists and psychotherapists, in supporting New Zealanders' mental health needs.
Clinical psychologists play an essential role in improving outcomes for many, and there is an especially high demand for their services in the Ara Poutama (Corrections) and ACC. However, as the Health Workforce Strategy encompasses the entire health system, such community-based support as provided by counselling psychologists and psychotherapists is crucial for supporting the long-term wellbeing of other vulnerable New Zealanders, and ensuring that they do not end up requiring more critical care.
Why the contribution is important
Government and the TEC have signalled the need for more clinical psychologists; the health workforce strategy must also acknowledge the importance of other professions in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
by Helen_AUT on November 03, 2022 at 03:02PM