9 Sep 2013

Group to look at Maori health worker report

7:29 pm on 9 September 2013

A governance group has been formed to consider a report calling for a boost in the number of Maori health workers.

Health Workforce New Zealand last year released Thriving as Maori in 2030, which found there were not enough Maori health workforce workers and that numbers would need to triple by 2030 to manage the ageing and growing population.

Ruth Anderson, acting director of Health Workforce New Zealand, said it had formed an internal governance group with representatives from across the Ministry of Health to consider the report's recommendations.

Health Minister Tony Ryall last month invited the Nurses Organisation, which represents more than 3000 Maori health workers, to have a say in initial discussions.

Nurse Organisation kaiwhakahaere (manager) Kerri Nuku said there was no data on the current Maori health workforce, which made it difficult to plan for the future.

She said the ministry had good initiatives in place but they needed to be tracked better.