The Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan continues to go from strength to strength, and since it moved into its operational phase a little over a year ago, seven of the 56 actions have been completed and a further 34 are in progress.
Since November 2013, Careerforce and Health Workforce New Zealand have been working collaboratively to define and manage a 5-year action plan, with a 20 year vision, to strengthen the kaiāwhina workforce. The ultimate aim, to better recognise, enable and upskill a workforce that adds value to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders by being competent, adaptable and an integral part of service provision.
Careerforce CEO, Ray Lind has co-chaired the Kaiāwhina Workforce Taskforce and his on-going appointment as chair has just been confirmed by the Ministry of Health for a further three-year term.
Achieving the Government’s health targets depends on a capable and well-distributed supply of health professionals and the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan is one of the six workforce programmes identified as a strategic priority by the Ministry of Health – through Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ). The completed actions are steadily increasing the profile and understanding of the kaiāwhina workforce and the important role these people play within the health and disability sectors.
“Often, the work of those in the support and care roles that make up the kaiāwhina workforce has not typically been visible, and their contribution has not been fully appreciated for the value they add to the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders,” says Mr Lind
“Due to the ongoing and dedicated work of multiple stakeholders involved in the implementation of the plan, there is increased understanding of the importance of kaiāwhina as part of a team which enables improved outcomes for consumers in community, primary and public health care, and in residential care and hospitals.”
The Kaiāwhina taskforce, one of six coordinated through Health Workforce New Zealand, has 23 members from a diverse number of organisations in the sector. Having this influential and knowledgeable group around the table has provided a forum for discussions which is helping to drive change, adds Mr Lind.
Visit the HWNZ website to learn more about the Kaiawhina Workforce Action Plan.