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

The 2020 Intake Registration of Interest (ROI) period is now closed (effective Monday 16th March 2020 at midnight).

Registrations must be received within the 6-week registration period, and late registrations generally cannot be considered. 

Information for 2020 intake registrants

If you have registered for the 2020 intake you ought to have received an automatic email which confirms your registration has been received (please also check your junk email folder).

Now that the Registration period has closed all complete registrations are now being analysed to ensure eligibility of registrants.

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

For now, all you need to do is:

  • abide by the 2020 Terms and Conditions for your profession
  • advise us via email (vbs@health.govt.nz) if you have had any change in postal or email address, or
  • advise us if your career plans have changed and you no longer wish to proceed with your registration.

Full terms and conditions for each of the eligible health professions for the 2020 intake are available on the Terms and Conditions page.

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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