Public health service profile: Population Health Service, Hamilton


 Population Health, Hamilton, workforce development plan

The provider of public health services for the Waikato District Health Board region, Population Health, Hamilton, has created a workforce development plan (PHH Plan)based on the nine objectives of Te Uru Kahikatea: The Public Health Workforce Development Plan.  
Population Health Hamilton Workforce Plan

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Public health workforce plan: Population Health, Hamilton

Anne Morrison, Manager of the Public Health Intelligence Unit, Population Health, says, "We have found the Te Uru Kahikatea framework a highly relevant, logical and organised framework to structure our organisational and regional workforce development." 

Many of the objectives in the PHH Plan are from the collective wisdom of key partners in the Waikato region, also extending into the (sub) Midland region. "We seem to have agreed to a pathway forward to 'walk the talk' together", says Anne.

Two priorities in the Population Health, Hamilton Plan

  1. Succession planning
    As staff develop their knowledge and skills, they may be sought after and be "lost" to other organisations.  Population Health aims to be a training ground and when people move on, it is hoped they will take with them a firm foundation of public health knowledge. 
    “Replacing good staff is always a challenge", says Anne, "so it was decided that we should look to 'grow our own' and consider initiatives that encouraged less experienced staff into the service, with a view to building both their knowledge and skill base during their time with us”.  
    A number of public health training, development and mentoring initiatives are being developed to support this approach; scholarships to assist the completion of qualifications, a new graduate programme linked to Waikato University, a new public health officer role (allowing a newly qualified person to gain experience), and trainee health promotion roles. 
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  2. 101 training programme
    This programme will cover health promotion, health protection and health impact assessment with a view to exposing staff from all disciplines to how others work and what drives their roles.  Also included is training around the Health Equity Assessment Tool and project evaluation.  New areas for development are under discussion.


Working together: (Sub) midlands region collaboration

Population Health and Toi Te Ora (public health service for the Bay of Plenty) have been working together on two important initiatives - both are in the early stages of development.
The first initiative focuses on "readying" the region for the implementation of the generic public health competencies (GPHCs).  Some initial work was undertaken to consider how the GPHCs could be applied to help identify:

  • where individual staff are sitting in the development pathway
  • what their areas of development will be, and
  • trends that support future training and/or experiential learning needs. 

National TUK work to develop and pilot an integrated competencies framework has slightly altered the direction of this GPHC “readying” work. The sub Midland area is following progress on the roll out of the pilot.   

The second collaborative initiative is around public health service workforce plans being shared.  Work to explore options to combine workforce development priorities into one (sub) Midland workforce plan has been tabled for discussion.  
This is both an exciting and challenging opportunity, but it is still a very new concept and lots more dialogue is needed.

If you would like any further information please contact with Anne Morrison, Population Health, (07) 838 2569, ext 23486, or (021) 356 847, or email 

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