Kaiāwhina Workforce Programme – Taking More Action

Here are some more examples of the work already underway in the health and disability sectors.

The full list of 5-year actions can be downloaded here. Again we’d like to share with you some of the excellent work that is currently in progress.

Report explores home-based support for older people

A report from the Productivity Commission on ‘More Effective Social Service’, includes a case study on Home-based Support for Older People‘.

The study considers the help people may need at home as they age. It explores features of home-based support and considers lessons learnt.



The first lesson is the value of client choice, and ensuring clients are supported and well informed when making choices.

Chapter 11 considers client-directed service models in detail.  The report states that focusing on service outcomes requires new approaches to commissioning and contracting, as well as good performance monitoring. Finally, a service such as home-based care requires coordination between different organisations and individuals involved in service delivery. The study indicates that effective service integration depends on different service funders and providers having good information about other services, and sharing values that emphasise the importance of integration. Service integration is addressed in Chapter 10 of the report.


More Effective Social Services downloads
Home-based Support for Older People
Productivity Commission Report, More Effective Social Services Summary: 

Healthy numbers for new Taranaki programme

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Ensure learning programmes are readily available to Kaiāwhina in a manner that recognises their learning style, language and culture, together with their physical location and work requirements.

A new Healthcare Assistant programme is an opportunity for people wishing to get into healthcare.

“Rest homes are all looking for people with qualifications these days”, says Western Institute of Technology (WITT)   Head of Nursing, Diana Fergusson.  “There’s a steady demand too, with the industry continuing to grow because of our ageing population.  In New Plymouth new rest homes and retirement villages are opening and others are expanding their capacity.”

The 19 week fulltime course results in a New Zealand recognised level 3 certificate qualification. The first intake of eight students started in New Plymouth recently with more to come.

“We’ve got rest homes out in the community who are supporting us. The benefit for the rest homes is they are effectively getting a student for a 19-week period. That’s something the students understand as well.”

“There’s no cost to the rest homes, who simply support the student and take care of the administrative details.

Healthy numbers for new programme

Updated 19 November 2015