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:
- Allied Health
- Mental Health
- Disability Support Services
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
GP training has changed. For more on the General Practice Education Programme (GPEP), see the RNZCGP website.
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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.
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HWNZ funds a national infrastructure to develop the mental health and addictions workforce, including funding for:
- post-entry clinical training in psychiatry and health psychology
- Te Pou to purchase specified training programmes
- and Te Pou, Werry Workforce Whāraurau, Te Rau Matatini, Matua Raki, Massey University, Le Va, and Careerforce to undertake workforce development activities.
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Te Pou is funded to provide workforce development services and to administer workforce development and training grants to the disability support workforce.
|1/B52||Hauora Māori Workforce Training Fund (docx, 233 KB)|
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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).
- Raranga Tupuake: The Māori Health Workforce Development Plan
- He Korowai Oranga: Māori Health Strategy
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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.
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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.