More than numbers workforce data

Profiling the New Zealand adult mental health and addiction workforce

The More than numbers project aims to gather and share information about the workforce delivering mental health and addiction services to adults (people aged 18 years and older).

Reports from 2014 and 2018 are available for the secondary care adult mental health and addiction workforce in DHBs, NGOs, and in total. Reports describe the workforce size and composition and will contribute to future workforce planning activities.

We plan to repeat this work in 2022.

2018 More than numbers workforce reports

In 2018, Te Pou completed three new reports on the secondary care adult mental health and addiction workforce in DHBs, NGOs, and in total.

These reports bring together information from different sources, including:

  • a survey of 232 NGOs contracted by DHBs and the Ministry of Health to deliver adult mental health and addiction services, to estimate the workforce size, composition, and location
  • an extract of information from the Health Workforce Information Programme (HWIP) dataset for DHB mental health and addiction employees, to determine the DHB workforce size, composition, demographic and service profile, by region.

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 overall is 15 per cent (compared to the New Zealand average of 19 per cent), and is higher for NGOs (23 per cent) than for DHBs (12 per cent).

2018 reports:

2014 More than numbers workforce reports

In 2014, Te Pou surveyed DHB and NGO adult mental health and addiction services to estimate the workforce. More recent information about the workforce, regionally and nationally, is available from the 2018 More than numbers workforce reports (see above) and the DHB mental health and addiction employees profile report.

2014 reports:

The full report of the 2014 national mental health and addiction workforce is available, along with a 20-page overview:

Over reports focus on specific areas within the workforce:

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