Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2022 intake information

The 2022 intake registration of interest period has now closed.

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme (the Scheme) is a practical initiative run by the Ministry of Health 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. It also aims to increase representation of Māori and Pasifika within the health workforce.

The Scheme is targeted to new and recent graduates in eligible professions who are starting their career, with the aim of incentivising them to work in eligible hard-to-staff communities or specialties. Those accepted to the Scheme can become eligible for payments in the first three-to-five years of their career, to help repay their student loan or as top-up income.

The 2022 intake Registration of Interest Period has now closed 

Information for 2022 intake registrants

The 2022 intake online Registration of Interest period closed Sunday 27 March 2022. No further registrations can be considered.

Those who have registered ought to have received an emailed letter (12-13 May 2022) with formal confirmation that they have obtained a place in the 2022 intake

If you have not received this, please check your junk/spam/unread email folders, and if not there, please email us.

If you have received your letter, for now, all you need to do is:

  • abide by the 2022 Terms and Conditions for your profession
  • email us ([email protected]) if you have had any change in email address
  • advise us if your career plans have changed and you no longer wish to continue in the Scheme.

Full terms and conditions for each of the eligible health professions for the 2022 intake are available on the Terms and Conditions page. The full list of eligible professions, specialties and communities for the 2022 intake can be found below.

Please email [email protected] if you have any queries or comments regarding the Scheme.

2022 intake registrants

The Scheme’s 2022 intake registration period closed 27 March 2022. The Ministry received 534 registrations across the Scheme’s professions, and all registrants have been accepted.

The accepted registrants strongly align with a number of the Government’s key workforce priority areas.

Across all categories, 89 registrants are Māori (16.7%), the second highest number within an intake, (slightly lower than last year’s record intake of Māori registrants to the Scheme (94).

Across all categories, 55 registrants are from Pacific peoples (10.3%), the highest within any intake of the Scheme and a strong increase (41 percent) on 2021 (39).

The intake is comprised of:

  • 385 Registered and enrolled nurses, including 186 working in mental health and addictions, the highest number ever within an intake, and 78 working in age-related care / health of older people, the highest number within an intake since 2012
  • 69 midwives in the hardest-to-staff communities, 13 (18.8%) of whom are Māori and 5 (7.2%) of whom are Pacific peoples
  • 38 rural and regional general practice trainees, the highest number within any intake of the Scheme
  • 8 sonographers, 15 radiation therapists and 4 medical physicists working in the Aotearoa New Zealand public sector and
  • 10 dentists and 5 oral health therapists working for Māori oral health providers or rural and remote practices

A report is attached below which details the distribution of confirmed 2022 Scheme registrants by profession, DHB region, ethnicity, and gender.

Please do not hesitate to make contact ([email protected]) should you have any queries or comments regarding registrants for the 2021 intake of the Scheme, or the Scheme itself.

Accepted registrants by profession

Profession

Accepted registrants (2022 intake)

General Practice Medical Trainees

38

Registered Nurses

360

Enrolled Nurses

25

Midwives

69

Sonographers

8

Radiation Therapists

15

Medical Physicists

4

Dentists

10

Oral Health Therapists

5

Total

534

The eligible 2022 Voluntary Bonding Scheme Intake Health Professions, Communities and Specialties

Postgraduate General Practice Trainees (PGY3-6), who commence(d) GPEP1, 2, or 3 in early 2022:

  • Bay of Plenty DHB (excluding Tauranga and Whakatāne 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)
  • Tairāwhiti DHB
  • Taranaki DHB
  • Waikato DHB (excluding Hamilton)
  • Wairarapa DHB
  • West Coast DHB
  • Whanganui DHB

Registered Nurses (2022 Intake (2021 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:
    • Māori or Pacific Providers
    • the Auckland DHB region
    • the Counties Manukau DHB region
    • the Waitematā DHB region
    • the Taranaki DHB region

OR

Communities:

  • South Canterbury DHB
  • Wairoa District
  • West Coast DHB

Enrolled Nurses (2022 Intake (2021 graduates))

Specialties:

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

Midwives – DHB Employed (2022 Intake (2021 graduates))

  • Auckland DHB
  • Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Canterbury DHB
  • Capital & Coast DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Dunedin City
  • Hawkes Bay DHB
  • Hutt Valley DHB
  • Lakes DHB
  • MidCentral DHB
  • Northland DHB
  • Waikato DHB
  • Waitematā DHB

Midwives – Lead Maternity Carers (2022 Intake (2021 graduates))

  • Auckland DHB
  • Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Counties Manukau DHB
  • Dunedin City
  • Hutt Valley DHB
  • Lakes DHB
  • MidCentral DHB
  • Northland DHB
  • Queenstown Lakes District
  • Waikato DHB
  • Waitematā DHB
  • Whanganui DHB

Sonographers (2022 Intake (2021 graduates))

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Radiation Therapists (2022 intake (2021 graduates))

  • Publicly funded health facilities.

Medical Physicists (2022 intake) (who complete TEAP in 2021)

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Dentists and Oral Health Therapists (2022 Intake) (2019, 2020, and 2021 graduates (PGY1-3))

  • Te Hiku Hauora – Kaitaia  
  • Ngāti Hine Health Trust – Kawakawa 
  • Raukura Hauora o Tainui – Kirikiriroa / Hamilton
  • Te Manu Toroa – Tauranga  
  • Tipu Ora – Rotorua 
  • Ngāti Porou Hauora – Te Puia Springs and Ruatoria
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – Heretaunga / Hastings  
  • Ora Toa PHO – Porirua  

OR

practices located in rural or remote areas (to be assessed on a case-by-case b* (Practice and Health New Zealand roles in semi-rural hubs (ie, smaller towns) may be considered on a case-by-case basis if it can be verified that the role provides significant services to surrounding rural and semi-rural populations and/or to Māori).

* (Practices in semi-rural hubs (ie, smaller towns) and DHB roles may be considered on a case-by-case basis if it can be verified that the role provides significant services to surrounding rural and semi-rural populations and/or to Māori).

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