Extra funding secured for 9000 allied health PSA members

Around 9000 allied, public health, and technical PSA members employed at DHBs around the country will be voting soon on whether to accept a significant new pay settlement.

“This result comes after a year of solid bargaining and will see minimum pay rises of 9% for this significant section of New Zealand’s health workforce by November 2019,” says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary.

“Standing together as our members have done has given us the numbers, strength, and necessary influence to reach this important settlement offer.

“The size of this settlement should not be underestimated, given it covers anaesthetic technicians, occupational therapists, sterile supply technicians, social workers, physiotherapists, and more than 130 other professional groups.”

Meetings for ratification of the proposed settlement will be held around the country starting in the week of 22 October up until Friday 9 November, led by local organisers with support from bargaining team advocates Ashok Shankar and Sue McCullough.

The new settlement offer has been made possible after additional funding was agreed by Government in September.


The range of occupations includes:

A&OD Clinicians
Activities Officer
Anaesthetic Technician Trainees
Anaesthetic Technicians
Audiology Technicians
Biomedical Technician Assistants
Biomedical Technicians
Bone Density Scanners
Care Co-ordinators
Care Managers
CFMH Support Workers
Charge ECG Technicians
Child Birth Educators
Clinical Physiologists (formerly known as cardiac/ pulmonary/ respiratory/ sleep technologists/ scientists
Clinical Physiology Technicians (formerly known as cardiac/ respiratory technicians)
Community Health Workers (Māori Designated)
Consumer Advisors
Creative Therapists
Cultural Advisors
Dental Assistants
Dental Technicians
Dental Therapists
Dietitian Assistants
Diversional Therapists
Drinking Water Assessors
Dual Diagnosis Therapist/Clinician
Early Intervention Teachers
ECG Technicians
Electrical Technicians
Electronic Technicians
Family Advisors
Family Therapists
Food Act Officers
Food Supervisors
Health Assistants
Health Auxiliaries
Health Informatics
Health Promotion
Health Protection
Home Support Coordinators
Hospital Dental Assistants
Hydrotherapy Assistants
Lactation Consultants
Māori Health Workers
Medical Illustrators and Photographers
Medical Laboratory Scientists
Medical Laboratory Technician Trainee
Medical Laboratory Technicians
Mental Health Professionals
Mobility Technicians
Mortuary Technicians
Needs Assessors/ Service Co-ordinators
Neurophysiology Technicians
Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Assistants
Occupational Therapy Instructors
Ophthalmic Technicians
Orthotic Technicians Productions
Paediatric Therapists
Pharmacists (including interns)
Pharmacy Assistants
Pharmacy Technicians and Trainees
Physiology Technicians and Trainees
Physiotherapy Assistants
Play Specialists
Professional Advisors
Public Health Assistants
Recreation & Welfare Officers
Rehab Support Workers
Rehab Therapists & Assistants
Renal Dialysis Technicians (aka Clinical Physiologists (Dialysis))
Sampling Officers
Scientific Officer
Smokefree Officers
Social Work Assistants
Social Workers
Sonographers and Echo Sonographers
Specialist Assessors - wheelchair and seating
Specimen Services Technicians
Speech Language Therapists
Sterile Supply Technicians/ Assistants/ Coordinators/ Shift Leaders
Technical Officers
Therapy Assistants
Vision & Hearing Technicians/ Testers /Technical Officers (incl. Newborn Hearing Screeners)
Visiting Neurodevelopment Therapists
Wheelchair technicians