NZNO release critical review of the HWNZ-funded physician assistant trial
posted by HIIRC Admin on 14 June 2012
A report just released by the New Zealand Nurses Organisation tracks NZNO's experience of the implementation and progress of the Physician Assistant Demonstration Pilot at Counties Manukau District Health Board.
The critique challenges Health Workforce New Zealand's actions with regard to the implementation of a Physician Assistant role in Aotearoa, though NZNO does not challenge the role per se. It advocates comprehensive consultation, collaboration and evidenced-based policy development in determining and planning for the most appropriate and sustainable health practitioner mix to meet New Zealand's future health needs.
To read the NZNO report, go to: http://www.nzno.org.nz/home/hot_topics#CriticalReview
To read an article in Nursing Review about the issue, including a response from HWNZ, go to: http://www.nursingreview.co.nz/pages/section/article.php?s=News+Feed&idArticle=23946
To view information on the Physician Assistant role on the HWNZ website, go to: http://www.healthworkforce.govt.nz/new-roles-and-scopes/physician-assistant