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ERIC Number: ED503988
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-22
Pages: 59
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Health Workforce and International Migration: Can New Zealand Compete? OECD Health Working Papers No. 33
Zurn, Pascal; Dumont, Jean-Christophe
OECD Publishing (NJ1)
This paper examines health workforce and migration policies in New Zealand, with a special focus on the international recruitment of doctors and nurses. The health workforce in New Zealand, as in all OECD countries, plays a central role in the health system. Nonetheless, maybe more than for any other OECD country, the health workforce in New Zealand cannot be considered without taking into account its international dimension. New Zealand has the highest proportion of migrant doctors among OECD countries, and one of the highest for nurses. There is no specific immigration policy for health professionals, although the permanent and temporary routes make it relatively easy for doctors and nurses who can get their qualification recognised to immigrate in New Zealand. At the same time, New Zealand also has high emigration rates of health workers, mainly to other OECD countries. International migration is thus at the same time an opportunity and a challenge for the management of the human resources for health (HRH) in New Zealand. Increasing international competition for highly skilled workers raises important issues such as sustainability and ability to compete in a global market. In this context, new approaches to improve the international recruitment of health workers, as well as developing alternative policies, may need to be considered. As for international recruitment, better coordination and stronger collaboration between main stakeholders could contribute to more effective and pertinent international recruitment. (A bibliography is included. Contains 23 footnotes, 18 charts, 1 map, 7 boxes, and 2 tables.) [Financial support for the project was provided by Australia, Canada, and the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; World Health Organization, Geneva (Switzerland).
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand