Pacific public health workforce development: Te Uru Kahikatea
Te Uru Kahikatea: The Public Health Workforce Development Plan (TUK) is the national strategy to guide public health workforce development in New Zealand between 2007 -2016.
Goal 1, Objective 3 outlines specific actions to further Pacific health workforce development.
TUK Goal 1:
Develop an effective and sustainable public health workforce.
TUK Objective 3
Strengthen the Pacific public health workforce and the capability of the non-Pacific workforce to improve Pacific health and reduce inequalities.
TUK Action 3.1
Support the development and implementation of a strategic approach to strengthen the Pacific public health workforce and increase the capability of the non-Pacific workforce to improve Pacific health and reduce inequalities.
TUK Action 3.2
Maximise opportunities in all the other TUK objectives to further Pacific public health workforce priorities.
Public health research: Pacific health needs assessment
In 2006, the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research completed a three stage needs assessment to further inform the priorities for Pacific public health workforce development. The recommendations were:
- Continue to develop the information base about the Pacific public health workforce
- Enhance access to public health education training and development opportunities
- Strengthen career pathways and meet the professional support needs of the Pacific public health workforce
- Assist small Pacific public health organisations to address recruitment and retention issues
New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, 2006. Pacific Public Health Workforce Needs Assessment: Final stage strategy development: Report to the Public health Directorate of the Ministry of Health. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
The progress of public health workforce development is aligned with the Ministry of Health priorities for the whole-of-sector Pacific health workforce development programme, managed by the Pacific branch of the Ministry of Health.
Updates on progress will be posted on this website as they become available.