AHS&T Career Framework


Progress report from working group

  • The group has met regularly over the last 18 months to develop a South Island 5 DHBs'  Allied Health Career Framework that reflects the needs of the South Island DHBs but which is based on the Lower North Island 3 DHB Allied Health Career Framework process to achieve some consistency throughout the country.
  • We now have a document that can be released to all stake holders for feedback.  The Document will be released for consultation from the 10th December 2019 to 31st January 2020.   The extended consultation period is to allow for leave over Christmas break.
  • During the Consultation Period each DHB will be arranging education sessions for staff to give them a greater understanding of the Career framework and the consultation process.
  • We are requesting that all written feedback be directed to your DHB’s DAH or PSA Delegate listed below by the 31st January 2020.
  • The group will meet in early February to consider feedback.

South Island Allied Health career Framework Consultation Document


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