New Health Workforce Advisory Board
Kia ora tātou. I’m Judy McGregor and I have been asked by the Minister of Health to Chair the new Health Workforce Advisory Board (HWAB).
The Minister has confirmed HWAB’s terms of reference and I would like to welcome the following members to the Board; Andrew Connolly, Faumuina Faafetai Sopoaga, Jo Baxter, Lorraine Hetaraka, Sophie Oliff, Karl Metzler and Ailsa Claire who is replacing Helen Mason as the lead DHB CEO for health workforce.
You can see the full terms of reference and Board members’ bios on the Ministry’s website.
Our purpose is to work in partnership with the Ministry of Health to provide strategic oversight and sector leadership for New Zealand’s health workforce.
We have had our first face-to-face meeting on 25 October, and we introduced ourselves to those in the sector who attended the Ministry Forum on 29 and 30 October. It was great to see so many of you there.
As a new board, at our next meeting we are confirming the principles in which we will work, and developing our workplan. We are already committed to working together with the wider health sector and providing regular updates on progress.
We’re very keen to harness your support as the new Health Workforce Advisory Board.
From early next year, we’ll undertake stakeholder meetings to meet and listen to as many workforce representatives as possible in both the regulated and unregulated health workforce.
We are also keen to ensure we know of any health workforce related research publications (for example, the workforce effects of digital innovation; workforce ageing, human resource and wellbeing related material) so if you have something you would like to provide us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Likewise, any policy or practice work as best practice exemplars to feed into advice would be gratefully received from all areas of the health sector.
We are meeting again on 29 November 2019, and we will provide an update after that meeting.
Below there is a message from Ray Lind of the interim committee. Ray and the Interim Health Workforce Committee did a fantastic job providing us a platform to work constructively with the Ministry and the sector on Health Workforce development opportunities. I want to thank them for undertaking this work. The new Board is excited about the challenges and opportunities of the new role.
Message from the outgoing Chair of the Interim Health Workforce Committee
The interim committee was asked for assistance with three items. The first two were to provide for the Minister of Health’s consideration some draft terms of reference and proposed membership for a new governance structure for health and disability workforce in New Zealand.
The third task was to provide advice and support to the Ministry’s Health Workforce directorate, as required.
I am proud to say that all three tasks were completed. I would like to thank the interim committee members: Helen Pocknall (Chair, Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group), Ken Clark (Chair, Medical Advisory Group), Jenny Carryer (Chair, Nursing Strategic Advisory Group), Jenny Black (Chair, West Coast & Nelson Marlborough DHBs) and Helen Mason (Chair of the Workforce Strategy Group and CE Bay of Plenty DHB).
This was completed in true partnership between the Interim Health Workforce Advisory Committee and the Ministry. We were able to do this by keeping above individual professional boundaries and having a collective joined-up approach while moving through our work plan, a model that I would endorse for the next iteration of health workforce governance.
I, and the rest of the interim committee, wish both the Ministry of Health, the Minister’s Health Workforce Advisory Board and the wider health sector the best of luck for the next phase of improving New Zealand’s health and disability workforce and I look forward to seeing future progress.
Ray Lind, Chair of the Interim Health Workforce Committee