Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2019 intake information

2019 Voluntary Bonding Scheme Intake Health Professions, Hard-to-staff Communities and Specialties

The Ministry of Health can now confirm a number of eligible health professions, communities and specialties for the 2019 Voluntary Bonding Scheme intake. Additional professions, communities and specialties may be added at a later date before the 2019 intake registration period opens.

Please note: those who have completed (or will complete) undergraduate studies in 2017 must register for the 2018 intake of the Scheme during the Registration period. Please go to the 2018 intake page for more information.

Full terms and conditions for each of the eligible health professions for the 2019 intake will become available on the Terms and Conditions page of this website in due course.

Registration of Interest period – 2019 Intake

The Registration of Interest (ROI) period for the 2019 Voluntary Bonding Scheme is not yet open, but is anticipated to open early in 2019.

More information will appear on this website in due course. Queries can be forwarded to vbs@moh.govt.nz.

Doctors – New Graduate Entry Opportunity (2019 intake (2018 graduates))

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 2018

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 (2019 Intake (2018 graduates))

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:
    • Maori or Pacific Providers
    • the Auckland DHB region
    • the Counties Manukau DHB region
    • the Waitemata DHB region
    • the Taranaki DHB region

Midwives – DHB Employed (2019 Intake (2018 graduates))

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 (2019 Intake (2018 graduates))

Hard to-staff communities:

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

Sonographers (2019 Intake (2018 graduates))

Hard to-staff communities:

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Dentists (2019 Intake (2018 graduates))

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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