Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2020 intake information

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

The Ministry is pleased to announce the eligible professions, specialties and communities for the 2020 intake of the Scheme. Changes from 2019 include:

  • The addition of Enrolled Nurses (working in Mental Health and Addition or Aged Care) as an eligible nursing scope
  • Additional eligible communities for General Practice medical trainees, including Whangarei, Cambridge and Capital & Coast DHB (excluding Wellington and Porirua)
  • The addition of MidCentral DHB as an eligible community for DHB-employed midwives

The Ministry also intends to increase Scheme support for postgraduate General Practice medical trainees working in rural and non-urban locations, by increasing the number of Scheme places available to that workforce.

The full list of eligible professions, specialties and communities can be found below.

The 2020 Intake Registration of Interest (ROI) period is not yet open.

It is anticipated that the 6-week registration period for the 2020 intake of the Scheme will open in February 2020. Registrations must be received within the 6-week registration period, and late registrations generally cannot be considered. The method of registration will be via an online web-linked form on this web-page, that prospective registrants will need to complete.

Full 2020 Terms and Conditions will be uploaded to our website before the registration period opens.

Please do not hesitate to make contact (vbs@health.govt.nz) should you have any queries or comments regarding the Scheme.

2020 Voluntary Bonding Scheme Intake Health Professions, Hard-to-staff Communities and Specialties

Postgraduate General Practice Trainees (PGY3-6), who commence(d) GPEP1, 2, or 3 in December 2019:

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

Registered Nurses (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

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

OR

Communities:

  • South Canterbury DHB
  • Wairoa District
  • West Coast DHB

Enrolled Nurses (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

Specialties:

  • Aged Care (aged residential care and older persons' health services)
  • Mental Health (hospital and community, including addiction services)

Midwives – DHB Employed (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

  • Auckland DHB
  • Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Canterbury DHB
  • Capital & Coast DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Hutt Valley DHB
  • Lakes DHB
  • MidCentral DHB
  • Northland DHB
  • Waikato DHB
  • Waitemata DHB

Midwives – Lead Maternity Carers (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

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

Sonographers (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Dentists (2020 Intake (2019 graduates))

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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