Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2018 intake information

Latest update:

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

Registrations closed on Sunday 25th March 2018.

Information for those who registered

If you registered for the 2018 Intake, all you need to do is:

Approval process and timeline

Once the Registration of Interest (ROI) period closes, the applications are analysed to help ensure eligibility and to prevent duplication of entries.

If places on the Scheme are over-subscribed, a ballot process will be undertaken. At that point we can then advise registrants on whether they have successfully obtained a place on the Scheme.

Letters or emails advising positions on the Scheme will be sent out by the Ministry of Health in due course, probably around late April/ May 2018.

Availability of places

The number of places available in the 2018 Intake are limited. This is in response to the high level of interest in the Scheme, increased retention rate and the need to ensure payment commitments to registrations are consistent with funding available.

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.

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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