Investment and purchasing

Health Workforce New Zealand funds postgraduate training to develop the workforce – this page sets out the specifications for DHBs and others responsible for these programmes

HWNZ has contracts for the provision of training with district health boards (DHBs), tertiary education providers and other health provider organisations. These are the specification requirements and eligibility criteria for HWNZ-funded programmes in:

To be eligible for funding, trainees must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa. HWNZ will consider exceptions to this policy. Applications are made by training providers – see the Exceptions to residency status policy section.

Financial assistance is available for DHBs to provide mentoring, cultural supervision and cultural development activities to support Māori and Pacific peoples to complete these training programmes. Download the Māori support policy (docx, 26 KB) or the Pacific peoples support policy (docx, 25 KB) for more details.

For more information, email HWNZ's strategic education and training investment team: info@healthworkforce.govt.nz


Medical

ID Specification
 
1/B1 Anaesthesia (docx, 52.5 KB)
1/B4 Emergency Medicine (docx, 71 KB)
1/B5 Vocational Training in General Practice (docx, 70.5 KB)
1/B7 Adult Internal Medicine - Basic (docx, 44 KB)
1/B8 Adult Internal Medicine - Advanced (docx, 62.5 KB)
1/B10 Obstetrics and Gynaecology (docx, 79 KB)
1/B11 Pathology (docx, 67.5 KB)
1/B13 Postgraduate Diploma in Child Health/Paediatrics (docx, 61.5 KB)
1/B16 Probationary Registration Year (First Year House Surgeon) (docx, 47 KB)
1/B18 Radiology (docx, 56 KB)
1/B19 Radiation Oncology (docx, 53.5 KB)
1/B21 Basic Vocational Training in Surgery (docx, 40.5 KB)
1/B27 Advanced Vocational Education (AVE) in General Practice (docx, 5.5 KB)
1/B29 Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health (docx, 80.5 KB)
1/B42 General Practice Registrar Placements for Improving Māori and Pacific Peoples Health (doc, 83 KB)
1/B43 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (docx, 68 KB)
1/B44 Paediatrics - Basic (docx, 76.5 KB)
1/B45 Paediatrics - Advanced (docx, 65.5 KB)
1/B56 Vocational Training for Public Health Medicine (docx, 107 KB)
1/B58 Accident And Medical Practice, Vocational Medical, Interim (docx, 57 KB)
1/B60 Rural Hospital Medicine, Vocational (docx, 96 KB)
2/B7 Advanced Vocational Training in Psychiatry (docx, 364 KB)

Health Workforce New Zealand funds district health boards and other organisations, such as the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), for postgraduate clinical training.

GP training has changed. For more on the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP), see the RNZCGP website.


Nursing

ID Specification
2/B46 Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) and Aged Residential Care (ARC) NETP Programme (docx, 41 KB)
1/B57 Postgraduate Nursing Training (docx, 69 KB)

NETP programmes are for newly registered nurses, approved by the Nursing Council New Zealand.

If employed through the ACE system – which matches graduates to DHB jobs – nurses will as a matter of course enter the NETP programme. See the Recruitment of new graduate registered nurses section for more on the ACE system.

Workforce training needs are identified by each district health board (DHB). The boards allocate money for postgraduate education for registered nurses employed by health and disability services. Contact your DHB director of nursing to find out more.


Dental

ID Specification
1/B9 Master of Dental Surgery (docx, 67.5 KB)
1/B14 Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dentistry (docx, 59 KB)

Allied Health

 
ID Specification
1/B2 Anaesthetic Technician (docx, 70 KB)
1/B12 Pharmacy Internship (docx, 46 KB)
1/B20 Sonography (docx, 48 KB)
1/B26 Radiation Therapy (docx, 64 KB)
1/B28 Medical Physics (docx, 74 KB)
1/B39 Medical Laboratory Scientist Cervical Cytology (docx, 93.5 KB)
 n/a Psychology Internship (docx, 26 KB)

Mental Health

HWNZ funds a national infrastructure to develop the mental health and addictions workforce, including funding for:


Disability Support Services

 
ID Specification
1/B30 Rehabilitation (docx, 62 KB)

Te Pou is funded to provide workforce development services and to administer workforce development and training grants to the disability support workforce.


Māori

 
ID Specification
1/B52 Hauora Māori Workforce Training Fund (docx, 233 KB)
1/B61 Māori Support (docx, 240 KB)

The Hauora Māori Training Fund helps DHBs develop Māori staff in the non-regulated health and disability workforce. It provides access to training programmes to develop formal competencies in their current roles and improve potential to move into other roles.

The purpose of Māori Support funding is to enhance the likelihood of Māori health staff successfully completing Health Workforce New Zealand funded training programmes. Māori Support funding incorporates three key elements of wraparound support: Mentoring, Cultural Supervision and Cultural Development activities.

Hauora Māori scholarships – administered by the Ministry's Māori Health Service Improvement team – are for students in health and disability courses accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

Related publications:


Pacific

ID Specification
1/B62 Pacific Support (docx, 240 KB)

The purpose of Pacific Support funding is to enhance the likelihood of Pacific health staff successfully completing Health Workforce New Zealand funded training programmes. Pacific Support funding incorporates three key elements of wraparound support: Mentoring, Cultural Supervision and Cultural Development activities.


Midwifery

 
ID Specification
1/B53 Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme (docx, 34 KB)
1/B53 Postgraduate Education and Complex Care Training Programme (docx, 82.5 KB)

Midwives in formal postgraduate education can apply for HWNZ grants. These are administered by the New Zealand College of Midwives – find out more on the College of Midwives website.

In this section

  • To be eligible for training funding, health professionals wishing to enter programmes funded by Health Workforce New Zealand must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa. Here's how to apply for an exception. Read more
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