DHB mental health and addiction employees: 2017 profile

Publication date: 12 December 2017

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui has produced the second report in the annual series of DHB mental health and addiction employee profile reports. The report summarises the socio-demographic profile, length of service and FTE turnover for 8,405 people employed in 7,555 FTE positions, as at 30 June 2017. 

The report confirms the need for workforce planning and development to address workforce ageing; capitalise on the existing workforce’s long service and experience; grow workforce capabilities for working with older adults; and continue to build on existing programmes to grow Māori and Pasifika representation in the workforce. 

The report is based on information provided by the Health Workforce Information Programme (HWIP) team. The 2017 report identifies over 800 more DHB employees than the previous report for 2016. This is due to better identification of DHB employees working in the mental health and addiction primary area of work. Future refinements will further enhance the information HWIP can provide us, including identifying the workforce in alcohol and other drug services, and forensics separate from mental health services.