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2018 More than numbers DHB workforce report

The More than numbers project has gathered information about the DHB adult mental health and addiction workforce. This is the workforce in DHB provider arm services delivering AOD, forensic mental health, and mental health services to adults (people aged 18 and older).

In 2018, Te Pou has utilised information supplied by the Health Workforce Information Programme (HWIP) to estimate the size, composition and turnover of the DHB adult mental health and addiction workforce. The findings are compared to the previous More than numbers survey.

Key findings are:

  • The DHB adult mental health and addiction workforce is estimated to be 6,602 FTE positions (employed and vacant), and has grown by around 9 per cent since 2014.
  • DHBs are delivering services to more people.
  • There has been some workforce redistribution towards more support worker roles and enrolled nurses compared to 2014.
  • Workforce turnover is low (12 per cent compared to NGOs 23 per cent). Turnover was higher than average for support workers and allied health roles.
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