Rural Health Workforce Resources

The South Island Workforce Development Hub hosted a rural health workforce workshop in August 2018.

The purpose of the day was to bring together a range of people with an interest in rural health and the rural health workforce.

Participants came from DHBs; PHOs; education providers; St John; trust hospitals; College of Midwives; Health Workforce New Zealand;

The purpose of the day was to identify issues/ vulnerabilities and gaps; showcase current initiatives underway or in development and to look at opportunities for regional collaboration. Since then a small group of people who attended the workshop have started to meet to progress this work.

The resources on this page have been shared to help inform these discussions as consideration is giving to issues such as retaining a rural workforce; what capability is required to work rurally; models of care; skill mix; support; generalist skills and training pathways fit for purpose.

For further information about rural health workforce activity underway across the South Island please contact:

Proposal for a National Interprofessional School of Rural Health:
Read the article here.

Rethinking acute medical care in smaller hospitals”

Lessons Learned From and For Rural Health:

Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (Australia):

Core components of the rural nurse specialist role in New Zealand:

The Delhi Declaration: Alma Ata Revisited:
Read the full statement here.

Turnover among early-career nursing and allied health professionals working in rural and remote Australia:

Building a sustainable health workforce for rural NSW:

Evaluated strategies to attract and retain health workers in remote and rural areas: