Voluntary Bonding Scheme – 2022 intake information

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.

2022 Intake – eligible professions, communities and specialties

The Ministry of Health is pleased to announce the eligible professions, communities, and specialties for the 2022 intake of the Scheme. Additions from the last years intake include:

  • addition of postgraduate year 1 to 3 oral health therapists working for Māori oral health providers or rural and remote practices
  • extension of the existing category for graduate dentists working for Māori oral health providers or rural and remote practices to include postgraduate years 2 and 3
  • Hawkes Bay DHB as an eligible community for new graduate DHB-employed midwives
  • Hutt Valley DHB and Northland DHB as eligible communities for new graduate LMC midwives.

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

The 2022 intake online Registration of Interest Period will open on this page early in 2022

The 2022 intake online Registration of Interest is anticipated to open on this website early in 2022 (probably February). Additional information on how to register will be provided here in due course. The formal 2022 Terms and Conditions are now available on the Terms and Conditions page.

Please do not hesitate to make contact ([email protected]) should you have any queries or comments regarding the Scheme.

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 basis prior to your confirmation on the Scheme).*

* (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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