Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Taskforce to pursue medical training reforms

7 September 2006

Taskforce to pursue medical training reforms

The new Workforce Taskforce will have six months to report to the government on significant reforms of New Zealand's medical education and clinical training system, Health Minister Pete Hodgson announced today.

In a speech in Auckland today, Pete Hodgson announced the membership of the taskforce and said that their first task would be to advise the government on how to streamline the training of doctors.

"New Zealand's health workforce has grown rapidly under the Labour-led government," Pete Hodgson said. "There are now over 5,000 more doctors and nurses working in our public hospitals than there were in 1999 – that's significant progress, but it's not good enough.

"With an ageing population and a growing chronic disease burden, our health workforce is going to be under increasing pressure to deliver more and better services for New Zealanders. The health sector is emerging from a period of advice and discussion and we now have the momentum we need to act and pursue significant reforms for our workforce.

"The Workforce Taskforce will design final plans to streamline workforce planning and address issues around training, recruitment and retention of the full range of health professionals. Their first task will be to provide me with a specific plan to streamline medical education and clinical training within six months.

"There is still not total agreement in the sector about how to get this done, so the six month report back is a significant challenge. I don't, however, feel we can afford to wait any longer."

The options the taskforce will consider include:
 Shortening the number of undergraduate years,
 Starting specialist training during undergraduate years,
 Moving to a "method of payment for output" for medical education,
 Collapsing the first two years of postgrad training into one,
 Giving more recognition to prior learning in specialist training years,
 Appraising the apprentice training model

"We've been able to recruit a team of talented, highly regarded people to guide the taskforce. I'm very pleased that Dr Robert Logan, the immediate past chair of the National Health Committee has agreed to chair the Taskforce."

Attached: Biographies of the Taskforce members

Dr Robert Logan is the Chief Medical Advisor to the Hutt Valley District Health Board and the immediate past chair of the National Health Committee, a role he held for seven years. He has nearly 30 year of experience as a practicing physician and cardiologist.

Len Cook is New Zealand's former Government Statistician and last year completed five years of service as the National Statistician of the United Kingdom. He is a visiting professor at the University College of London and currently works as a statistician for a number of organisations including the Retirement Commission, the OECD and the United Nations.

Dr Frances Hughes is Professor and Director of the Centre for Mental Health Research, Policy and Service Development at the University of Auckland. She was a previous member of the Health Workforce Advisory Committee (HWAC) and has 30 years of experience in the health workforce including many years as a Registered Psychiatrist Nurse and Registered Comprehensive Nurse.

Professor Iain Martin is Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at Auckland University. Originally from Britain, Professor Martin was a member of the Doctors in Training Roundtable and is a previous member of the Australian Medical Council Medical School Accreditation Committee.

Suzanne Win is the Chair of the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board and was previously a member of HWAC. Trained as a nurse, Ms Win has long experience in health policy and was the Ministry of Health's former Deputy Director General for Disability Support Services.

Dr Margaret Horsburgh is Associate Professor of Nursing at Auckland University. Dr Horsburgh is a former member of the National Health Committee and the Auckland District Health Board and first qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1964.

Dr Jim Vause is the former President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and Principal and Owner of Redwoodtown Doctors in Blenheim. He was a member of HWAC and is currently a member of the Epiqual Advisory Committee and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Advisory Committee.

Dr David Stewart is a practicing endocrinologist and a member of the Otago District Health Board. Dr Stewart has served previously as the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) at the University of Otago and is an honorary life member of the New Zealand Society of Endocrinology.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news