Fast Track

The results of the Adult mental health and addiction workforce: 2014 survey of Vote Health Funded services (Te Pou, 2015) identified that the community support workforce - including peer support was the largest part (31%) of the adult mental health and addiction workforce. Twenty-one per cent of community support workers were employed by DHB services, 72% were employed by adult NGO mental health services and a further 7% were employed by adult NGO addiction services. Because community support is the largest workforce, it has a significant role to play in implementing the changes that are outlined in current national policy documents

Fast Track highlights some of the key issues for the further development of the community support workforce – including:

  • the breadth and diversity of community support roles (including peer support roles)
  • retention and recruitment challenges for employers
  • the need for an education and career pathway for community support workers
  • the possibility of creating a distinct professional identity.

If you would like to be involved in a discussion about how best to support the development of the community support workforce and how to make progress on the issues (and actions) that have been identified in Fast Track, then Te Pou and Platform Trust are keen to talk with you about the possibility of hosting a forum in your local area.  Please contact Emma Wood for further details.