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Doctors In Training Workforce Roundtable

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Doctors in Training Workforce Roundtable

Health Minister Annette King says she has appointed a Doctors in Training Workforce Roundtable to advise on the quality and effectiveness of training programmes for New Zealand doctors.

Ms King says the "crucially important" group is made up of health sector leaders, administrators and practitioners, with all major medical organisations represented.

"Their goal is to provide advice which will help ensure we plan to meet future medical training needs appropriately,” she says.

The Roundtable will report to the Health Minister with agreed solutions relating to the work and professional development of doctors in training by the end of 2005.

Anyone wishing to provide information to the Roundtable should contact the Ministry of Health. The Roundtable’s membership and formal terms of reference are attached.

Membership:

Glenys Baldick (Chair): Recently retired CEO of Nelson Marlborough DHB. Member of the West Coast DHB.

Brian Rousseau: CEO OF Otago DHB. A pharmacist by training.

Kristine Kilkelly: Director of Human Resources at Capital & Coast DHB.

Dr Pim Allen: Chief Medical Advisor at Waikato District Health Board.

Taima Campbell: Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Auckland DHB. Member of HWAC and its Maori sub-committee.

Dr George Salmond: Member of HWAC and Chair of its Medical Reference Group. He was Director-General of Health from 1986 to 1991.

Professor Keith Grimwood: Head of Paediatrics Department, Wellington School of Medicine. He represents the Council of Medical Colleges.

Professor Peter Smith: Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland.

Professor Linda Holloway: Assistant Vice-Chancellor and head of the Division of Health Sciences, University of Otago.

Dr Deborah Read: A specialist in public health medicine and a member of the Medical Council of New Zealand.

Dr Ross Boswell: Deputy chair and chair designate of the New Zealand Medical Association, a specialist in pathology and internal medicine.

Dr Richard Pole: A house surgeon and chair of the Doctors in Training Council of the New Zealand Medical Association.

Jesse Gale: A final year medical student at the Wellington School of Medicine and President of the New Zealand Medical Students Association.

Dr Jeff Brown: President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists and Specialist in Paediatrics at Mid-Central DHB.

Dr Karen Poutasi : Director-General of Health.

The Resident Doctors Association has yet to nominate an advisor to the Roundtable.

Terms of reference:

Objective

The Roundtable is established by the Minister of Health to provide her with agreed solutions to short-term issues relating to the work and professional development of doctors in training. The prime purpose is to facilitate the training of doctors, in the numbers and of the type required, who are highly motivated, well prepared and committed to practice in New Zealand.

Issues

The Roundtable will address the following issues:
- sustainability of the current preparation of medical practitioners
- recruitment and retention
- deployment
- career guidance and vocational training
- incentives and career development
- a supportive workplace environment.

In addressing these issues the Roundtable will consider:
- the central focus on patient care;
- safety and quality of patient care;
- effectiveness and efficiency in the use of human resources;
- objectives for training and links to service delivery;
- hours of work, work/life balance, and vocational guidance;
- communication, team work, service and workforce design and staffing arrangements;
- the designation, accreditation, funding and allocation of training posts; and
- the use of incentives and other means to facilitate the career development and retention of doctors in training in New Zealand, in both the short and longer term.

The Roundtable may also identify issues that are more appropriately progressed through the work of the Health Workforce Advisory Committee (HWAC) or its Medical Reference Group (MRG).

Membership

The Roundtable will comprise leaders and decision-makers directly involved in medical education and/or the delivery of medical services and include representatives from DHBs, HWAC and the Medical Reference Group, Council of Medical Colleges, Medical Schools, Medical Council, NZMA, New Zealand Medical Students Association and the Ministry of Health.


Working arrangements

The Roundtable is distinct from the structures and processes whereby employers and employees negotiate employment contracts for resident medical officers and specialist staff. The Minister of Health will appoint an independent Chair. The Ministry of Health will provide secretarial and administrative support.

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