AHS&T Career Framework


Progress report from working group

  • The SI Steering Group met on the 15th October 2019.  The group had good discussions about the South Island draft document with two rounds of feedback on it having been collated.  The draft is based on the Lower North Island 3 DHB document but reflects the current position titles in the South Island. The last draft presented to the Steering Group had a number of additional positions added to the framework which the group felt would add complexity to implementing the Framework in each DHB. An effort by the group is underway to simplify and consolidate position titles into a more generalised diagram to make it easier to follow. The third and hopefully final draft of the South Island document will be reviewed over the next few weeks. The process for consultation wider than the Steering group will be discussed at the next meeting.  
  • We had a presentation of the proposed Healthlearn forum CASP training package being developed by a group of both DHB and PSA representatives.  This aims to make the initial training in CASP available to staff simplified and standardised across the South Island.
  • A separate meeting is being convened to work through the decided on Scoping Tool. This is to ensure designated positions align across the South Island.  It is likely that once the framework is in place a separate Regional Scoping Committee will be set up for any new positions or changes to  designated positions.
  • Next Meeting 26th November.


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