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I was pleased to read in the April Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand that a group to support Filipino workers in their employment and more generally, has been established in Wellington ("Support group set up for Filipino workers, p31).

The Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research at Auckland's AUT University hosted a key stakeholder consultation forum at the end of May to discuss a possible integrated service delivery model for refugee and immigrant health professionals seeking New Zealand registration. The forum involved dialogue between agencies such as the Medical Council, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry of Health, Department of Labour, district health boards and non-governmental organisations such as the Auckland Regional Migrant Services Trust.

Speakers included the International Unit director at Melbourne University's Faculty of Medicine, Lesleyanne Hawthorne, who has researched global skill migration in relation to health workforce migration for the past 15 years. Most recently, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has appointed her to conduct research related to high-skill migration across member nations (2007-08), with separate projects analysing the mobility of temporary vs permanent professionals; new strategies for the global portability of qualifications (including for medical and nursing migrants); and international student participation in high skill migration.

The forum followed research undertaken by AUT University staff member Charles Mpofu on occupational transition issues of immigrant health practitioners from non-English speaking backgrounds, prompted by media stories about immigrant doctors being under-employed in Low skilled work in New Zealand, while shortages in the medical workforce were also being reported. To view the programme and presentations, click on the link: research_institutes/niphmhr/centre_for_asian_ and_migrant_health_research/health_pra_forum.htm. A follow-up workshop is planned for August 25-26 as part of Auckland's Diversity Forum. The Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research is a member of the Human Rights Commission's Diversity Action programme. Check on the website above for further information.

Ruth DeSouza, senior research fellow, Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research, AUT University, Auckland
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Author:DeSouza, Ruth
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Jul 1, 2008
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