Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2018 intake information

Latest update:

The 2018 Intake Registration of Interest (ROI) period is now closed.

2018 Voluntary Bonding Scheme registrants

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) is a practical initiative run by Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) to encourage newly qualified health professionals to work in the communities and specialties that need them most, and to retain essential health professionals in New Zealand. Those on the scheme receive annual payments to help repay their student loan or as top-up income.

We are pleased to announce that we have accepted 360 people to the scheme from professions across medical, nursing, midwifery, dentistry and sonography and we are in the process of advising people of the outcome of their applications.

This is also the first year we have had more applications than available places and have had to run a ballot.

While we have taken slightly more than our capped numbers across professions unfortunately there will be 50 nursing graduates and 26 midwifery graduates who will be unsuccessful getting a place on the scheme this year.

We will be looking to change the scheme so next year we will have a total cap, but not be profession specific. This way, in the future, we will be able to be more flexible for those workforces with the greatest need.

Please find a report attached which details all the 2018 VBS registrants. Please note – this includes registrants who indicated in their registration that they were working or intending to work in a nominated location or specialty.

Please do not hesitate to make contact (vbs@moh.govt.nz) should you have any queries or comments regarding registrants for the 2018 intake of the Scheme, or the Scheme itself.

Profession Accepted registrants (2018 intake)
New Graduate Doctors 36
GPEP Trainees 24
Nurses 232
Midwives 58
Sonographers 7
Dentists 3
Total 360

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

Information for those who registered

Letters which confirm successful 2018 registrants to the Scheme have been posted. Once you receive your confirmation letter, all registrants need to do is:

  • abide by the 2018 Terms and Conditions
  • email us if you have any change in postal or email address, or have any queries: email vbs@moh.govt.nz.

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

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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