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The Kaiāwhina Workforce Programme is a partnership between Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) and Careerforce, and sets out a 20-year vision and a 5-year action plan (2015-2020) for the development of the health and disability kaiāwhina (non-regulated) workforce.

Across New Zealand over 12,000 support and care workers are undertaking workplace training annually. This is a small percentage of the estimated number of non-regulated workers in the health, mental health, aged care, public health and disability services sector.

Having a well prepared, supported and fit-for-purpose national workforce, ready to respond to the needs of people, is critical for future sustainable health and disability services.

In responding to this need, the Boards of Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) and Careerforce agreed to work in partnership to develop a workforce action plan that will focus on the development of the health and disability Kaiāwhina/non-regulated workforce.

The Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan describes the outcomes and actions required to achieve the 20-year vision. The vision: To help shape a sustainable and valued kaiāwhina workforce that adds value to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders by being competent, adaptable and an integral part of service provision.

The website www.workforceinaction.org.nz gives people an opportunity to see how things are progressing, and allows them to provide feedback.