We need to have the right people, working in the right place, at the right time, in the right ways, to provide effective and responsive mental health and addiction services. We need to build a mental health and addiction workforce that supports recovery, is person centred, culturally capable and delivers an ongoing commitment to improve the quality of services for people.
To do this we need high quality and up-to-date information about the capacity and capability of the mental health and addiction workforce. Identifying workforce gaps and priorities in relation to population need, epidemiology and service delivery trends is essential for future planning.
Te Pou has undertaken two mental health and addiction workforce surveys on the:
- service user/consumer/peer support mental health and addiction workforce
- DHB mental health and addiction services for older people workforce.
These surveys provide up-to-date information to inform national, regional and local workforce development and planning.
This work complements the information Health Workforce New Zealand are collecting about the demographics of our health workforce.