In 2017 the executive directors of allied health in the five South Island DHBs agreed to develop a regional allied health career pathway to:
A steering group has been formed that includes representatives from the five South Island DHBs and The New Zealand Public Service Association (PSA). When complete, the regional allied health career pathway will apply to allied health employees directly employed by the five South Island DHBs. This includes:
|counsellors (with a relevant three-year degree)||paediatric therapists||podiatrists|
|dental therapists||physiotherapists||social workers|
|health protection officers/advisors||play specialists||speech language therapists|
|health promotion officers/advisors|
There is potential for scientific and technical employees, and employees working within other DHB contracted services (i.e. hospices, primary care, NGOs, trust hospitals) to be included at a later time.
The development of a regional allied health career pathway is also in line with the 2018 PSA MECA. As part of the MECA agreement, the DHBs, in collaboration with the PSA, committed to developing local or regional career frameworks for allied health professions within 12 months of the date of settlement and similar frameworks for scientific and technical professions within 24 months of the date of settlement.
For more information about the development of the South Island allied health career framework, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.