AHS&T Career Framework


Progress report from working group

Kia ora koutou katoa

Like many New Zealanders in response to Covid19 Alert Levels, many of the South Island Allied and Public Health Career Framework Working Group members are experiencing a change to our workload and priorities due to the DHBs planning for the Covid-19 response.  As a consequence, the Working Group is currently unable to continue to progress work that was underway, including a training session for the working group and other key DHB and PSA leaders on the role evaluation process which required postponing.

The work underway included a draft communication on the outcome of the consultation as well as a summary of the feedback, the finalised document and likely next steps.  This work is now on hold for the time being and will be picked up by the regional lead and other working group members as they are able over the next month.  We will provide further updates as we can and this update will be posted on the SIWDH webpage as with our previous communications.

We appreciate this will be as frustrating for many of you, as it is for the working group, to be unable to progress this work at this time.  These are unprecedented circumstances and we thank you for your patience while we all work together to ‘weather the storm’ through this unsettled period, before returning to this work.

Ki te kotahi te kākaho ka whati, ki te kāpuia e kore e whati –

When reeds stand alone they are vulnerable, but together they are unbreakable (alone we can be broken, standing together we are invincible)

Noho ora mai    

Hannah Clark l  Allied Health Facilitator/ Project Manager   l  South Island Workforce Development Hub (SIWDH)

Mobile: 021 894786 

E: hannah.clark@siapo.health.nz  l  www.sialliance.health.nz/our-priorities/workforce-development-hub/


In 2017 the executive directors of allied health in the five South Island DHBs agreed to develop a regional allied health career pathway to:

  • support the development of our allied health workforce
  • provide consistency of practice across professions and between DHBs
  • provide consistency in career progression for allied health professions
  • ensure our allied health workforce is well equipped to meet the current and future health care needs of our population
  • provide recognition and development of designated allied health clinical and/or leadership positions.

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:

    audiologists neurodevelopmental therapists psychotherapists
    counsellors (with a relevant three-year degree) paediatric therapists podiatrists
    dietitians pharmacists occupational therapists
    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: Hannah Clark