Workforce Planning and Development

"Workforce planning and development is about ensuring an organisation has the right number of people, with the right skills, in the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude, doing the right work, at the right cost with the right work output."
World Health Organisation, 2010

2017 will see publication of the Ministry of Health's Mental Health and Addictions Action plan. This is the approach to workforce planning and development for the sector over the next 5 years. It is expected this will be published in early 2017 and themes identified regarding priority workforce development areas.

The Action Plan (2017) will also support the on-going Rising to the Challenging objectives. These 100 objectives are designed to improve service delivery and service user experience and support efficiencies. 

In order to meet these, organisations must shift to a whole of system approach for the Mental Health & Addictions workforce development - reflected in the 5 strategic imperatives in Tauawhitia te Wero, Embracing the Challenge, National Mental Health & Addiction workforce development plan 2006 – 2009.
Ministry of Health [MoH] 2005 

The 5 strategic imperatives are:

  1. Workforce Development Infrastructure
  2. Organisational Development
  3. Recruitment and Retention
  4. Training and Development
  5. Research and Evaluation

Workforce planning and development is supported in New Zealand by 5 National workforce development centres

Te Pou (external link)

Matua Raki (external link)

The Werry Centre (external link)

Le Va (external link)

Te Rau Matatini (external link)

 Regional Workforce Development Support

The NRA have a committment to supporting workforce planning and development for Mental Health and Addiction services through the Northern Region Health Plan and local business plan. 



(1) A National action plan is currently being written by the Ministry of Health