Investment and purchasing

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

The Health Workforce Directorate 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 Health Workforce Directorate-funded programmes in:

To be eligible for funding, trainees must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa. The Health Workforce Directorate 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.


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)

The Health Workforce Directorate 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.


ID Specification
2/B46 Nursing Entry to Practice (NETP) Programme (PDF, 159 KB)
1/B57 Postgraduate Nursing Training (PDF, 136 KB)
N/A Enrolled Nurse Support into Practice Programme (ENSIPP) (PDF, 127 KB)

NETP programmes are for newly registered nurses, undertaking study to Level 2 in the Professional Development and Recognition Programme PDRP) framework 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.


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, 24 KB)
n/a Trainee Sleep Physiologist/Technologist (docx, 24 KB)
n/a Nuclear Medicine Service Specificaton (docx, 21 KB)

Mental Health

The Health Workforce Directorate 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.


ID Specification
1/B52 Hauora Māori Workforce Training Fund (docx, 232 KB)
1/B61 Māori Support (docx, 34 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 Directorate-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:


ID Specification
1/B62 Pacific Support (docx, 44 KB)

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


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 Health Workforce Directorate 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 the Health Workforce Directorate must be New Zealand citizens or hold a permanent resident visa. Here's how to apply for an exception. Read more
  • Phase One of the health workforce funding review is complete and provides an initial overview of the health workforce system and how the Ministry invests in training and development of the workforce. Read more
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