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Regional Workforce Development

We have a key role in collaborating with the six central region District Health Boards on workforce development and sustainability. One element of our work is the Regional Services Plan, which sets out how DHBs will work together to address workforce priorities. 

We work together with DHBs to address health sector needs, by increasing numbers of people within identified vulnerable workforce areas. We also ensure these workforce areas are sustainable into the future.

Partnering with regional professional lead groups, we’re supporting essential training and professional support frameworks, including health workforce intelligence planning to address the needs of workforce areas. This work is done in conjunction with, and funded by, Health Workforce New Zealand.

For more information, please contact:

Bridget Smith
Regional Director, Workforce Development
Phone: 04 381 5159
Mobile: 027 406 2724

Regional Workforce Development Hub


The Central Region Workforce Development Hub provides decision making, advice and support for workforce development. The Hub works with the Central Region Clinical and Professional Networks in a collaborative way, creating consistent, best-practices for health professionals. The Hub also encourages health professionals to use resources and education to ensure our health workforce can provide the best possible care, now and in the future, in our modern healthcare system.

One of four national training hubs, the Central Region Workforce Development Hub was established through a Health Workforce New Zealand initiative. TAS has a key role in facilitating the Hub’s work, along with the six District Health Boards within the Central Region.


The National Health Workforce Strategic Plan and the Central Region Regional Service Plan provide the framework for the regional workforce objectives and initiatives.

Regional workforce development structure

Enable, maintain and support a consistent and sustainable workforce for staff groups who are either vulnerable or hard to fill

• Identify and prioritise vulnerable workforces
• Support postgraduate study
• Improve ethnicity data
• Dedicated Education Unit for Maori and Pacific students
• Positive discrimination Nursing Entry to Practice and Nursing Entry to Specialist Practice.

Enable, maintain and support a positive work culture across all DHBs, ultimately supporting staff wellbeing.

• Health & wellbeing of staff
• Implementation of cultural responsiveness programme
• Implementation of skill sharing programme
• Inclusion of Healthy Ageing Strategy workforce planning priorities

 Membership of the hub

  • Central Region Chief Executives
  • Central Region GMs HR
  • Health Workforce New Zealand
  • Central Region Workforce Development Hub:
  • Membership consists of representatives from Allied Health, GMs HR, GMs Maori, GMs Pacific, CMOs, Midwifery, Nursing, Development & Training, Primary Health, Mental Health & Addictions and Community Pharmacy.


For more information, please contact:

Bridget Smith
Regional Director, Workforce Development
Phone: 04 381 5159
Mobile: 027 406 2724