2018 adult mental health and addiction workforce

The More than numbers project gathered and reported information about the adult AOD and mental health workforce. This included the workforce in NGOs contracted by DHBs and the Ministry of Health, and the DHB provider arm workforce.

Key findings are:

  • The adult mental health and addiction workforce is estimated to be 10,832 FTE positions (employed and vacant), and has grown by around 9 per cent since 2014.
  • NGOs and DHBs are delivering services to more people. 
  • The workforce composition across clinical, non-clinical and administration and management role groups remains similar to 2014.
  • Workforce turnover is overall was 15 per cent (compared to the New Zealand average of 19 per cent), and is was higher for NGOs (23 per cent) compared to DHBs (12 per cent).

The 2018 adult mental health and addiction workforce reports will contribute to future workforce planning activities. Separate reports are also available for the DHB workforce, and the NGO workforce.