Developing the health and disability
Kaiāwhina workforce

Creating Workforce Knowledge and Data

This priority recognises that while some progress has been made, there remains a paucity of joined up data about the workforce and to date, no consistent data language, centralised system or go to organisation. In addition, COVID-19 identified the need to develop greater understanding about what Kaiāwhina do in communities and created a sense of urgency to understand the benefits and potential of emerging initiatives.

Increase understanding about Kaiāwhina

  • Build a body of knowledge about the Kaiāwhina workforce including their demographics, risk profile and who Kaiāwhina are supporting and how in homes and communities today
  • Identify agencies and stakeholders that require future Kaiāwhina workforce demand intelligence including the newly formed Workforce Development Council (WDC) and Regional Skills Leadership Groups (RSLG)
  • Identify stakeholders and mechanisms to provide workforce information and forecast modelling

Establish a centralised, coordinated workforce database

  • Agree the agency to receive, manage and distribute Kaiāwhina workforce data
  • Agree and implement shared language and a shared responsibility to contribute to Kaiāwhina workforce data
  • Use existing data sets (pay equity etc) to establish a baseline data set and utilise levers to grow and update it (e.g. contracting framework)
  • Support the introduction of a Health Practitioners Index (HPI) or equivalent for Kaiāwhina

Measure outcomes, grow the research base

  • Identify priority research topics emerging from COVID-19 and seek to activate with funding support
  • Identify and implement fast and effective feedback mechanisms to support accelerating and scaling up successful initiatives
  • Apply relevant outcome measures to actions or work programmes