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20 DHB Workforce Strategy Group

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The Role of the Workforce Strategy Group

On behalf of the 20 DHB CEO Group the Workforce Strategy Group (WSG) will develop the workforce strategic direction and ensure an integrated approach to workforce activity amongst DHBs. WSG will:

  • Ensure that Workforce Strategies developed reflect Government and sector priorities
  • Engage with the CEO Group to achieve collective operational mandate
  • Provide strategic direction for the development of key workforces across the DHBs
  • Link with key stakeholders to drive and effect change
  • Ensure a sector lens when considering workforce matters
  • Provide governance for the agreed work plan activity
  • Lead communications on workforce activity
  • Prioritize workforce development actions/plans and oversee and endorse the annual plan for the Strategic Workforce Services (SWS) Programme
  • Maintain  and  develop  key  stakeholder  networks  to  support  delivery  of  the  workforce programme.

Workforce Strategy Group Terms of Reference


Workforce Strategy Group Updates

Issue 8 - July 2018

Issue 7 - December 2017

Issue 6 - September 2017

Issue 5 - July 2017

Issue 4 - April 2017

Issue 3 - December 2016

Issue 2 - September 2016

Issue 1 - June 2016

Health Sector Relationship Agreement Forum (22 June 2017) - Wellbeing Presentation

Workforce Strategy Group - Planning Framework

WSG Planning Framework

Download the Workforce Strategy Group Planning Framework

Health Sector Workforce Groups Landscape

Landscape of Health Workforce Groups Nov 2017

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 Membership of the Workforce Strategy Group





Helen Mason (Chair)


Bay of Plenty DHB

Ashley Bloomfield 


Hutt Valley DHB

Carolyn Gullery 

GM Planning and Funding 

Canterbury DHB

Claire Austin

Group Manager

Health Workforce New Zealand

Dale Oliff


Hutt Valley DHB

Dot McKinnon

DHB Chair

Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs

Fiona Michel

Chief of People and Capability, Regional GM HR Chair Northern

Auckland DHB

Hector Matthews

Tumu Whakarae representative, Executive Director, Māori & Pacific Health

Canterbury DHB

Hugh Lees

CMO, CMO representative 

Bay of Plenty DHB

Kate Coley

Executive Director People and Quality

Hawke's Bay DHB

Karyn Bousfield

Director of Nursing, Chair National DoN Group West Coast DHB 

Martin Chadwick

Director of Allied Health, Chair of National DAH Group

Bay of Plenty DHB

Michael Frampton

GM People and Capability, Chair National GM HR Group

Canterbury and West Coast DHBs

Mick Prior

GM Strategic Workforce Services

DHB Shared Services

Nick Chamberlain


Northland DHB

Nigel Trainor 


South Canterbury DHB

Ruth Punnett

People and Capability Manager

Bay of Plenty DHB

Sally Webb

DHB Chair

Bay of Plenty DHB

Sam Bartrum