With advocacy a priority for PNZ we're working on a mixture of ongoing and new, quite specific projects this year.
The wider Allied Health field have been advocating for Allied Health to be represented in the Ministry of Health alongside the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nurse. This year Dr Martin Chadwick, who is also a physio, was appointed as the first ever Chief Allied Health Professions Officer. Our CEO Sandra Kirby has met with Martin several times in his new role, to discuss physiotherapy specific matters as well as part of Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ). This is a great win that has taken many years to come to fruition. Martin will be presenting at the PNZ Leadership Day on 14 June in Wellington.
The Health & Disability System Review
This review reporting to the Minister of Health is now seeking input from members of the public. Sandra attended a workshop on primary care recently with members of the review panel and comment from the reviewers is that the system has good strategies (including the NZ Heath Strategy, Primary Care Strategy and Healthy Ageing Strategy) but not so strong implementation. Health equity is a key concern for the review panel. Submissions to this review are due by May and PNZ is currently collating a submission. Individual submissions are also welcomed. For more information check the review website.
Physiotherapy Workforce Issues
Following the PNZ Physiotherapy Workforce Review last year, conducted by independent researchers BERL, we are now working on looking at the issues behind attrition and retention in the physiotherapy workforce. Read a summary of research findings and full research report from BERL here and look out for ways to contribute to this important topic.
ACC Expert Reference Group
The Expert Reference Group for the ACC Physio Contract review met with ACC representatives in March. While this is an ACC initiative, PNZ has representatives on the group continuing to take forward concerns from members about what will make the physio contract a more workable proposition. More about the ACC Physiotherapy Services Contract and Expert Reference Group is available here.
Page updated March 2019