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Growing Our Own The students were definitely the stars at the Grow Our Own Workforce Project Launch held Tuesday 3rd August at AUT – Manukau campus. A major feat, given the star-studded line-up of VIPs in attendance. These included Mayor Len Brown, project sponsors Sir Stephen and Lady Margaret Tindall, Honourable Tariana Turia, CMDHB Board Members and CEO Geraint Martin, ADHB Chair Pat Snedden and CEO Garry Smith. In a capacity crowd of 130 people, there was a mix of community, tertiary partners, high schools and government agencies to celebrate the official launch of the project. James Cook High School led with their outstanding hakapowhiri to welcome the guests. Tangaroa College sang beautifully and Otahuhu College completed the programme with an agile and rythmic breakdance, no doubt echoing, their 1st XV rugby success. These three schools have been selected to work with CMDHB and the Pasifika Medical Association in becoming Health and Science Academies commencing in Feb 2011.

We were privileged to acknowledge Sir Stephen & Lady Margaret Tindall for their $1 million investment in South Auckland’s health workforce development. We now get the fantastic opportunity to make the vision and the dream become reality with our community. The Grow Our Own Project is dedicated to having more Maaori and Pacific people consider health as a career, and then ideally be employed within South Auckland. We want to double the number of Maaori and Pacific we having working within CMDHB, across all health professions. This would enable CMDHB to have a workforce which would better reflect the community we serve. The project currently has people already in the ‘pipeline’ through various initiatives including South Auckland Health Foundation and Tindall Foundationfunded Scholarships - over over 90 scholarships were awarded this year for 2010. Te Kupenga Hoturoa PhO’s Pu Ora Matatini is working with 9 midwives and 70 nurses. Also funded by The Tindall Foundation is Return to Practice which is working with 10 mostly Pacific midwives and 8 nurses to help them get back to practice in New Zealand. Mahurirangi Norman Ringrose (James Cook Student) pictured here greeting Sir Stephen Tindall.

Counties Manukau Successful With Careerforce Funding Application Careerforce is an industry training organisation which develops programmes to train people who work in the health and disability sector. A new $3.0m fund has recently been set up to encourage innovative approaches to training. Counties Manukau DHB applied on behalf of the seven home-based support (HBSS) providers in our district and was successful in securing 100% of the funding applied for. The fund received applications totalling $33m for the $3m available. General Manager, Adult Rehabilitation and Health of Older People, Jenni Coles said, “the important thing about this application is that the Careerforce funding will allow us to try a different approach to training support workers. The key part of the programme will be a roving assessor/trainer who will work alongside the HBSS trainers to tailor an approach which suits their particular workforce.” In 2007 the first of the Careerforce qualifications (Level 2 Foundations) were developed and 161 support workers across Counties Manukau gained their qualification through a pilot programme. Since then a further 334 support workers have completed the Level 2 qualification with a further 64 still in training. Project Manager, Ross Smith says, “the support for the training programmes from the HBSS and their staff has been fantastic. Counties Manukau DHB has the highest percentage of support workers trained in NZ with around 7 out of every ten support workers having completed Level 2 by the end of the year.” The new funding will allow a good number of these support workers to carry on and complete the next qualification in the career pathway – Level 3 Core Competencies. This qualification has some specific unit standards which support the restorative model of home based support adopted by Counties Manukau and its providers which aim to support the older person to maintain their independence and remain at home for as long as possible.

2010 September Connect+  

Counties Manukau Health staff publication

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