Workforce strategy in New Zealand is currently highly fluid, and is likely to move to an environment with fewer vacancies.

 HWNZ has signalled that this will enable:

This will also create pressures within the workforce pipeline and may mean the government taking a more directive role in career choices and location of doctors in training.

Ongoing monitoring of workforce initiatives for the wider health workforce is needed, particularly as these tend to be developed solely within a “workforce strategy” context rather than within a wider health policy framework.