Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Re: An Evaluation of New Zealand's Iterative Workforce Service Reviews: A New Way of Thinking about Health Workforce planning/Reply

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Re: An Evaluation of New Zealand's Iterative Workforce Service Reviews: A New Way of Thinking about Health Workforce planning/Reply

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The New Zealand Nurses Organisation, having concern that this paper is being cited in New Zealand as supporting Health Workforce New Zealand's (HWNZ) confidence in the success of the Workforce Service Reviews (WSRs), accessed the full paper by Naccarella et al.1 and critically reviewed it. Independent reviewwas alsosought. Acopyofthereviewisavailableatwww. nzno.org.nz/services/publications.

The main concerns identified were:

* The abstract did not represent the paper accurately, depicting a far more positive summary than appears warranted by the results.

* The independence of the evaluation is questionable, as Aus- tralian Health Workforce Institute provides support to HWNZ and one of the authors was the director of HWNZ, who also commissioned the research.

* No information about the impact, outcomes or costs of the WSRs was presented, nor was it demonstrated how they differed from the processes of reviewing and ensuring ongoing health service improvement that is at the core of clinician-led management. …

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