Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2018 intake information

2018 Voluntary Bonding Scheme Intake Health Professions, Hard-to-staff Communities and Specialties

The Ministry of Health can now confirm the eligible health professions, communities and specialties for the 2018 Voluntary Bonding Scheme intake. See below for details.

Full terms and conditions for each of the eligible health professions for the 2018 intake will be available on the Terms and Conditions page of this website shortly.

Registration of Interest period 2018 Intake

We anticipate that the Registration of Interest (ROI) period for the 2018 Voluntary Bonding scheme will open early in 2018. Registration is typically via the Ministry of Health website for a six week period, usually commencing in February. Registration is via an online form. To be eligible, registrations must be successfully submitted within the ROI period.

Health Workforce New Zealand will make at least 355 places available within the 2018 intake of the scheme across the listed health professions. If there are not enough registrations for a particular professional group places can be allocated to other groups, according to need. If an intake is oversubscribed, a ballot process is used for selection.

Profession Provisional Cap Volume (2018)
New Graduate Doctors 40
GPEP Trainees 20
Nurses 229
Midwives 56
Sonographers 6
Dentists 4
Total 355

Queries can be forwarded to vbs@moh.govt.nz.

Doctors – New Graduate Entry Opportunity

Hard-to-staff communities:

  • Lakes DHB
  • Northland DHB
  • South Canterbury DHB
  • Southland Region
  • Tairawhiti DHB
  • Taranaki DHB
  • Thames Hospital
  • Wairarapa DHB
  • Wairau Hospital
  • West Coast DHB
  • Whakatane Hospital
  • Whanganui DHB

Hard-to-staff specialties:

  • Rural Hospital Medicine
  • Pathology
  • Psychiatry
  • General Practice (in specific communities for General Practitioners, see below)

Doctors – Postgraduate General Practice Entry Opportunity (PGY3-6), who commence GPEP1, 2, or 3 in December 2017

Hard-to-staff communities:

  • Bay of Plenty DHB (excluding Tauranga and Whakatane urban)
  • Canterbury DHB (excluding, Christchurch other than Banks Peninsula)
  • Hawke’s Bay DHB
  • Lakes DHB
  • Midcentral DHB
  • Nelson Marlborough DHB (excluding Nelson/Richmond/Blenheim)
  • Northland DHB (excluding Whangarei urban)
  • South Canterbury DHB
  • Southern DHB (excluding Dunedin, Mosgiel and Invercargill)
  • Tairawhiti DHB
  • Taranaki DHB
  • Waikato DHB (excluding Hamilton and Cambridge)
  • Wairarapa DHB
  • West Coast DHB
  • Whanganui DHB

Nurses

Hard-to-staff communities:

  • South Canterbury DHB
  • Wairoa District
  • West Coast DHB

Hard-to-staff specialties:

  • Aged Care (aged residential care and older persons' health services)
  • Mental Health (hospital and community, including addiction services)
  • District Nursing
  • Well Child/Tamariki Ora
  • Primary/Practice Nursing within:
    • Māori or Pacific Providers
    • the Auckland DHB region
    • the Counties Manukau DHB region
    • the Waitemata DHB region
    • the Taranaki DHB region

Midwives – DHB Employed

Hard to-staff communities:

  • Auckland DHB
  • Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Canterbury DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Northland DHB
  • Waikato DHB
  • Waitemata DHB

Midwives – Lead Maternity Carers

Hard to-staff communities:

  • Auckland DHB
  • Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Lakes DHB
  • MidCentral DHB
  • Waikato DHB
  • Waitemata DHB

Sonographers

Hard to-staff communities:

  • Publicly funded health facilities only

Dentists

Hard to-staff communities:

Any of the eight Māori oral health providers listed below:

  • Te Hiku Hauora – Kaitaia  
  • Ngāti Hine Health Trust – Kawakawa 
  • Raukura Hauora o Tainui – Hamilton
  • Te Manu Toroa – Tauranga  
  • Tipu Ora – Rotorua 
  • Ngati Porou Hauora – Te Puia Springs 
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – Hastings  
  • Ora Toa PHO – Porirua  

OR

practices located in rural or remote areas (to be assessed on a case by case basis prior to your confirmation on the Scheme).

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