James Cook University ISSN 1445-6354
The pipeline for the Allied Health, Scientific and Technical workforce of Aotearoa New Zealand is under growing pressure, with many health providers finding recruitment and retention increasingly difficult. For health providers in rural settings, the challenges are even greater, with fewer applicants and shorter tenures. As the health needs of rural communities increases, along with expectations of uptake of technologies and the Ministry of Health’s strategy to ensure care is provided closer to home, being able to retain and upskill the diminishing workforce requires new ways of thinking. Understanding the activity that has been undertaken by Medical and Nursing workforces in New Zealand and abroad, as well as the work of the Australian Allied Health workforce provides context and opportunities for New Zealand. The challenge is for educators, professional bodies, the Ministry of Health and health providers to develop new ways of thinking about developing a rural workforce for the Allied Health Scientific and Technical Professions.