More than numbers workforce stocktake

Building a profile of the New Zealand mental health and addiction workforce.

More than numbers is a project to gather and share data on New Zealand's adult mental health and addiction service workforce.

New Zealand’s health services face a mismatch of service demand, supply and affordability. This is forcing the sector to consider new and innovative ways of funding and delivering health services so that more people can be seen closer to home at a lower cost and with good outcomes. To prepare for this future, we need a clear picture of what the workforce currently looks like.

In 2014 More than numbers surveyed DHB and NGO adult mental health and addiction organisations. It was the first ever stocktake of people working in adult mental health and addiction services.

Workforce reports 

You can access workforce reports for your region and DHB district. Te Pou is also publishing a series of spotlight reports on workforce groups

National reports

A full report and overview of the national mental health and addiction workforce are available.

Two other reports also focus separately on the addiction workforce and the mental health workforce

Snapshot of the workforce

  • 10,845 people are employed in adult mental health and addiction services.
  • 1,317 FTEs are in addiction teams.
  • 515 FTEs are in mental health and addiction teams.
  • 7,097 FTEs are in mental health teams.
  • Nurses and support workers make up 60 per cent of the workforce.

Visual reports are available to download below which summarise the results nationally and regionally. Organisations can contact Te Pou for support using the results in their workforce planning.

More than numbers is led by Te Pou and Matua Raḵi with support from Te Rau Matatini, Werry Centre and Le Va.