Te Pou has published two new reports focusing on the NGO and nursing workforces in New Zealand’s adult mental health and addiction sector.

The reports are part of the More than numbers project, which is gathering and sharing data on the adult mental health and addiction service workforce, to help inform future workforce planning.

The reports share results from the More than numbers organisation workforce survey carried out in 2014.

Report on the NGO workforce

In New Zealand and internationally there is increasing focus on addressing complex social problems at a community level across all sectors, including health. New Zealand is calling for transformational changes in the way mental health and addiction services are delivered. NGOs are well positioned to respond and we need workforce planning approaches to support this. This includes access to high quality, regularly updated information on the NGO workforce.

More than numbers found that the NGO workforce makes up at least 37 per cent of the adult mental health and addiction services workforce.   

The report NGO adult mental health and addiction workforce: 2014 survey of Vote Health funded services describes the size, distribution and configuration of the Vote Health funded NGO workforce in adult mental health and addiction services.

The report highlights that workforce development challenges are common across NGOs, and the sector would benefit from working together on workforce development strategies to address these.

Organisations can use this report alongside On Track: Knowing where we are going to plan how they can contribute to the transformation of NGO mental health and addiction services.

Report on the nursing workforce

Nurses are the largest registered health professional workforce group in New Zealand, with more than 50,000 nurses with a current practising certificate. Until now New Zealand has had minimal data on the overall mental health and addiction services’ workforce, making it difficult to understand the role of nurses in this context and engage in strategic workforce development.

More than numbers found that nursing roles make up 30 per cent of the adult mental health and addiction services workforce. Nursing roles are found across the spectrum of main service types, with most located in DHB mental health services.

The report Adult mental health and addiction nursing roles: 2014 survey of Vote Health funded services describes the size and distribution of the Vote Health funded nursing workforce by provider, roles, and services delivered. It also looks at vacancies and perceived recruitment issues.