23 June 2022

By Simone White, Senior Communications Advisor

 In the coming weeks you’ll have the opportunity to make your voice heard and have your say about working in New Zealand’s health system. 

Contributing to the College’s biennial Workforce Survey is important as it adds weight to your everyday experiences on the frontline and gives us valuable numbers, insights, and analytics to work with so the College can advocate on issues that matter to you. 

The last time we ran the Workforce Survey in 2020, 60 percent of the membership contributed, and we received great media coverage on the issues of GP shortages, burnout and immigration changes for overseas trained specialists. 

With survey results showing an increase in burnout amongst members, we ran a subsequent survey for members to help us identify the specific factors contributing to burnout. We released the results of this survey with an exclusive TVNZ story and a media statement highlighting the issue. 

Two years on, a large proportion of media calls received by the College are still related to GP burnout and workforce shortages. 

Using data from the 2020 Workforce Survey, the College also actively lobbied for the visa exemption expiry date for critical health care workers (such as GPs) to be removed, reducing the barriers for highly trained specialists to work in New Zealand. Pre-COVID, around 40 percent of all New Zealand’s doctors were overseas trained.  

We were delighted that Immigration New Zealand eased the restrictions and in our media statement, College President Dr Samantha Murton said, "This is a major win for our GP clinics across New Zealand who are struggling to recruit enough doctors. Now with greater certainty at the border, general practices can attract overseas-trained doctors - and get them here, meaning more patients seen by a doctor and releasing some of the tension on other struggling GPs.” 

This year, as a sweetener, everyone who completes the Workforce Survey will get one entry into the draw to win a $1,500 Air New Zealand travel voucher, however if you complete the survey in the first week you will receive five entries into the draw – so you have more chances to win that well deserved break. 

You will receive more information about the survey, including your personalised login details in the coming weeks.