Workforce Information and Updates

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We provide general information about workforce development, highlight activities or events that are happening in our region or nationally and provide links to other websites that we think support those working in the mental health and addictions sector. 


Regional Workforce Coordination

In the Northern Region, we have a Regional Workforce Governance Group that represents the four DHBs, NGO sector and Network North Coalition.  This group oversee's the range of programmes and agrees the annual activites plan. You can download the 2012/2013 Activities Plan to learn more about what we want to achieve in this region.  

A Working Group has been established to enable collaboration between regional stakeholders, communities of interest and workforce leaders in order to:

  • Identify workforce planning and development needs and opportunities of district and regional services
  • Strengthen workforce planning and development links across the regional mental health and addiction clinical network
  • Support the Northern Region, Regional Workforce Development Coordinator in the development and implementation of the Northern Region annual activities plan (as approved by the Northern Regional Workforce Governance Group)
  • Gather and disseminate new information and best practise exemplars – locally, nationally and internationally.

The Northen Region, Regional Workforce Coordinator role was established in May 2004 by the Mental Health Directorate of the Ministry of Health to provide a continuous and systemic response to mental health workforce development. There are four coordinators across the country who are charged with ensuring better alignment of regional projects, national policy and broader DHB health workforce networks and initiatives.  All four regions  - northern, midland, central and southern do this by:

  • building strong relationships within and across the mental health sector
  • facilitating the uptake of national mental health workforce development opportunities
  • increasing regional feedback on, and participation in, national, regional and district mental health workforce development planning
  • ensuring national centres and programmes are responsive to the needs of the mental health sector
  • supporting DHB and NGO mental health and addiction workforce development.

 You can contact Deb Christensen for more information

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The National Workforce Centres are:

Le Va Pasifika within Te Pou

Le Va is the national Pacific health workforce development programme within Te Pou. Matua Raki

Matua Raki is the National Addiction Workforce Development Centre within Te Rau Matatini Ltd, funded by the Ministry of Health. Matua Raki works closely with service providers, training providers, professional bodies and policymakers, to support the current workforce and to plan for future workforce development.

Te Pou o Whakaaro Nui

Te Pou is New Zealand's National Centre of Mental Health Research, Information and Workforce Development

Te Rau Matatini

Te Rau Matatini supports Maori workforce development to enhance whanau ora, mental health and wellbeing. They provide national and local workforce policy, research, training, career advancement, bursary programmes, scholarships and regularly updated information and resources for people accessing or working in health both now and in the future.

Werry Centre

The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health provides training, promotes research, advocates for mental health needs of children and adolescents in New Zealand and supports the child and adolescent mental health workforce.


There are a number of professional body organisations, educational institutes and training providers in New Zealand which provide a variety of support and information for members including registration, scholarships and career pathway planning. Please go to Health Workforce NZ for futher information.

The National Workforce Centres and other workforce related websites also provide a wide range of free web-based resources and tool kits for you to use.

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Careers in Mental Health and Addiction Services

Are you interested in a career in mental health and addiction services?

The mental health and addiction sector is dynamic, full of dedicated, empathetic and innovative people. Skills Matter, Health Workforce NZ, Kiaora Hauora, Le Va and Careerforce provide a wealth of information that can help you to find the right career pathway for you. 

If you are thinking about a career in the Auckland District Health Board, Counties Manukau Health, Waitemata District Health Board or Health Alliance please click on Auckland Health Jobs, Seek, and Northland DHB for the latest vacancies.

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Activities and Events

Maori Workforce Stocktake

A stocktake of Maori mental health workforce in the Northern region has been completed. It outlines the results from key informant interviews with five workers from a range of workforce roles that were undertaken to identify barriers and enablers to Maori mental health workforce development.

The findings indicate that there is a need to improve current workforce development activity within this area and there is a considerable lack of clarity regarding the current state of the Maori mental health workforce within the Northern region. It is acknowledged that Maori have traditionally been under-represented in the mental health workforce, particularly in clinical and professional roles, and as such action should be taken to take a more targeted approach to improving this situation. The report results will be used to inform the planning and funding of workforce development initiatives and to support the further development of Maori mental Health and Addiction Services.

For further information on the Maori Workforce stocktake please contact Lisa Melissa.

Let's get real

Let's get real is a framework that describes the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes required to deliver effective mental health and addiction services. Te Pou has developed a range resources to assist services to implement Let’s get real i.e. tools, learning module, digital stories and positions papers. The Te Pou team and the regional workforce coordinator support the implementation of Let's get real.

Please contact David Bradley at Te Pou for further information.

Co-existing problems (CEP)

People with co-existing mental health and substance use problems often need to navigate both mental health and addiction services. It is important that services ensure that support and treatment is delivered in an integrated way. Creating ‘any door is the right door’ experience for people with co-existing problems (CEP) means we need to consider the knowledge and skills required by everyone working in mental health and addiction services, and make sure services are set up to assist collaboration, joint planning and support.

The national workforce Programmes of Te Pou, Matua Raki, the Werry Centre and Abacus have a role to work with services to identify ways to build co-existing problems capability. The CEP service checklist is a useful resource to identify areas that a service may want to focus on. A co-existing problems skills framework is currently in development, which will provide guidance on the knowledge and skills needed to respond to co-existing problems.

Please contact Ashley Koning at Matua Raki or Suzette Poole at Te Pou for further information on CEP.

The following information is provided for organisation who would like to roll out the CEP program in their organisations

Please contact Annemarie Wille at Waitemata DHB for further information on the above information.

Service User and Peer Support Competencies Project

Service user and peer support roles in New Zealand are at a developmental stage where it is timely and pragmatic to create baseline competencies. This will ensure this workforce is able to demonstrate it is competent, effective and maintains a level of quality that is consistent. These competencies would be expected to inform future training requirements as well as guide and support planners and funders that they are investing in a capable, consistent, effective and quality workforce.


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Page last updated: September 2013