Te Uru Kahikatea: public health workforce development framework


Te Uru Kahikatea (TUK) is a response to the need for a co-ordinated strategic plan for public health workforce development to address the current and future workforce needs of both the workforce and public health organisations.  

This Strategy is relevant for all those in non-health and health employment who do any public health work as part of their non-health or health job.  
It offers a national approach to public health workforce development including initiatives around public health organisation workforce development, public health education development, and building public health skill and knowledge across public health, and where applicable, wider health and non- health jobs. 
TUK has two overarching goals with nine objectives within these goals.  Each objective has actions for the first five-year term (2007-2011). 

The development and effectiveness of the first term’s actions will inform the actions for the second five-year term (2012-2016) and beyond.

TUK Goal One:  Develop an effective and sustainable public health workforce


The objectives under this goal are about:


TUK Goal Two:  Support public health environments to grow and develop the public health workforce


The objectives under this goal are about:

Te Uru Kahikatea framework - one page summary 

Te Uru Kahikatea: The public health workforce development plan 2007

Te Uru Kahikatea 2009 Annual Workplan

Te Uru Kahikatea 2009 Six Monthly Outcomes Report

These objectives reflect the priorities identified in the development of TUK through foundation health research and sector consultation.
TUK is structured so that it:

  • Builds on existing workforce development activities
  • Adapts to emerging challenges in the public health environment
  • Links to and engages with workforce development happening in other sectors.

It works at two levels: local action, and national infrastructure and support.

Achieving the objectives will, over time, strengthen local planning and development through:

  • Regional, district and provider-level workforce plans
  • Public health organisations’ workplace strategies
  • A stronger focus on building capacity to address local priorities
  • Local relationships with tertiary providers

TUK actions will be supported by national infrastructure development, such as the establishment of generic public health competencies, stronger sector wide professional development and a national training and qualifications framework with new public health training courses and qualifications.


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