Authors: Karla Bergquist, Auckland, New Zealand
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: workforce development
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: In 2004 the Ministry of Health (Mental Health Directorate) in New Zealand introduced four Mental Health Workforce Development Coordinator roles to be based in the regions as part of the implementation of the Mental Health (AOD) Workforce Development Framework (2002).
These roles are envisioned as leaders of strategy in workforce development to provide a co-ordinated local, regional and national approach to the growing needs in Mental Health and Addiction services to build a strong and future-focussed workforce. They are the holders of the vision and also will provide a key liaison function between local service planning and provision, and the national workforce programmes. The presentation will give an overview of the role and function. It will give an update on progress towards meeting the challenges the Coordinators are facing and highlight some initiatives underway in the regions. It is a complex sector with multifaceted needs. Where do you start to operationalise the strategy?