Developing the health and disability
Kaiāwhina workforce
Workforce in action


The Health and Disability Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan


A Kaiāwhina workforce that adds value to the health and wellbeing of New Zealanders by being:

  • competent
  • adaptable
  • an integral part of service provision

Who are Kaiāwhina?

Kaiāwhina is the over-arching term to describe non-regulated roles in the health and disability sector. The term does not replace the specific role titles, for example: healthcare assistant, orderly, mental health support worker.

Kaiāwhina are respectful and empower others competently using a holistic, strengths-based approach in a wide range of roles with consumers who have health and/or disability needs.

View the Kaiāwhina word cloud which illustrates the roles that make up this vital workforce.

Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan          

A 5-year action plan with a 20-year vision for the New Zealand health and disability Kaiāwhina workforce.  Actions are practical and clearly described to focus efforts on achieving the long-term vision.  The Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan is a living document that will continue to evolve and adapt in a dynamic environment.

Download copy of the Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan

Kaiāwhina Workforce Action Plan Framework

Click in the segment to view the Actions

Workforce Intelligence Sustainability Access Career Development Workforce Recognition Consumer Focus quality and safety

News Updates

More Developments supporting Leadership

Join your co-designers, fellow leaders and let’s celebrate the successes of the Kaiāwhina workforce! The Careerforce Workforce Development Conference 2017 will highlight the success of the Kaiāwhina workforce with the graduation of the first cohort of apprentices in health and wellbeing. There are interesting sessions including Richard Wagstaff’s presentation the impacts of the in-between travel…

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