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Canterbury District Health Board administers funded scholarships via Health Workforce NZ (formerly CTA) for postgraduate nursing certificates, diplomas and clinical masters qualifications for nurses in the Canterbury Health System.
Each year around 160 Canterbury nurses are undertaking HWNZ funded postgraduate nursing courses.
CDHB’s PG Nursing Education Plan sets out future directions and priorities. Below is the 2015-2018 PGNE Nursing Plan.
Nursing Workforce Education Plan Canterbury Health System - 2015-2018.
Postgraduate nursing study is designed to prepare nurses to meet the challenges of a changing Canterbury healthcare environment and to provide enhancement of individual nursing practice. It is a commitment to both personal and professional development.
Funding is available for payment of University Fees, study release for attendance at compulsory study blocks, and to subsidise flights and accommodation costs where required by the course.
Travel Reimbursement procedure.pdf
Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.
Further information is available in the HWNZ Funding Policy document:
HWNZ Funding Policy 2016.pdf
Before applying please ensure that you meet the funding eligibility requirements:
Eligibility Requirements for Funding
CDHB nurses must have successfully completed PDRP (senior nurses exempt).
All applicants must be registered as a nurse or a nurse practitioner under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003)
Hold a current annual practicing certificate (APC) with no restrictions on that APC that would negatively impact on their ability to participate in the programme.
Be currently employed as a registered nurse by a health service that is funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health from Vote Health
Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand residency permit as conferred by the New Zealand Immigration Service
Have evidence of support by their current employer to meet the training requirements
Meet the entry criteria required by the education provider
The HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:
HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification.pdf
Please also ensure that your intended qualification is eligible for HWNZ funding:
Please note that nurses applying for HWNZ funding to study postgraduate nursing education are required to have an endorsed PDRP (Professional Development Recognition Programme) portfolio at the time of application. Endorsement can be at competent, proficient or expert level. Nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.
Nurses considering applying for funding in any funding round should ensure that portfolios are submitted in plenty of time for assessment prior to applying for funding.
If you have any queries regarding your eligibility, or your intended study pathway, please contact Jenny Gardner at the Postgraduate Nursing Education office on 337 8679
Short Term (1 year) career planning is centred on specific job skills and knowledge with short term goal setting.
Long Term (3-5 year) career planning is developmental and focussed on future interests and development intentions.
Career planning support is available from your line manager, nurse educator, senior nursing colleagues, Postgraduate Nursing Coordinator and mentors. It is important that formal discussions take place with your line manager regarding your career aspirations, strengths and development needs. The following resources may be useful:
The PG Nursing Forum has developed some diagrams to help with Educational preparation for your career:
The Child Health Accelerated Programme (CHAP) focuses on enhancing professional development for RNs working within Child Health in the Canterbury District Health Board by providing clinical experience through rotations to other clinical areas within child health, access to mentor support, the opportunity of postgraduate education and participation in PDRP.
Applications for a place on the 2016 programme are now closed. Applications for the 2017 CHAP programme will open in March 2017. Details and the online application form will be available here at that time.
Nurses interested in a career plan in
gerontology nursing may find the following useful:
Applications for the 2016 GAP programme are now closed. Applications for the 2017 GAP programme will open in March 2017. Details and the online application form will be available here at that time.
Education Fairs are normally held in August at several venues within the Canterbury District Health Board
The purpose of the fairs is to provide an overview of educational programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to show what HWNZ funding/study assistance is available.
Representatives from most of the tertiary providers will be there to offer career advice, and a representative from the Postgraduate Nursing Education office also attends to help with funding advice.
This group meets quarterly and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for postgraduate nursing education for the Canterbury DHB region. The group consists of representatives from Canterbury District Health Board, Tertiary Education providers, NGO organisations, and others involved in postgraduate nursing education.
Health Workforce New Zealand
University of Otago - Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies
University of Auckland
Victoria University - Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Whitireia - Postgraduate Nursing and Health Studies
EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology - run through CPIT)
WINTEC - Waikato Institute of Technology
Auckland Institute of Technology
Ara Institute of Canterbury
Jenny GardnerNurse Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing EducationEmail:
Contact Jenny for queries relating to career planning, qualifications and papers.
Margaret BidoisAdministrator - Postgraduate Nursing EducationEmail:
firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 337 8680 (Monday - Wednesday)
Contact Margaret for queries relating to funding applications, travel reimbursements and fees payments
32 Oxford TerraceP O Box 1600Christchurch 8011
The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is now located at Level 1, 32 Oxford Terrace.
A funding round for study in Semester 2 only will be held in March 2017 and will be advertised here nearer the time.
Trainees who have been approved travel funding should use the following procedure to claim their reimbursements:
Travel Reimbursement procedure.pdf
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