Workforce strategy in New Zealand is currently highly fluid, and is likely to move to an environment with fewer vacancies.

 HWNZ has signalled that this will enable:

  • a shift in reward, recognition and remuneration for doctors from one with focusing on recruitment and retention to one focusing more on quality and productivity
  • better geographical, demographic and disciplinary distribution of the medical workforce to meet provincial, rural and urban demand
  • a move in the balance of New Zealand-trained medical graduates to overseas-trained medical graduates from the current 60:40 ratio to an 85:15 ratio

This will also create pressures within the workforce pipeline and may mean the government taking a more directive role in career choices and location of doctors in training.

Ongoing monitoring of workforce initiatives for the wider health workforce is needed, particularly as these tend to be developed solely within a “workforce strategy” context rather than within a wider health policy framework.

  • We are represented on the HWNZ Medical Workforce Governance Group and continue to review the support material produced by HWNZ to ensure it meets student and RMO needs. We have also had significant input into the implementation of community experience placement requirements for prevocational trainees.