Postgraduate Nursing Education

​​​​​​​Who Are We?

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

EOI for 75 RNs from the CDHB and WCDHB and the Community Sectors

Clinical nursing leaders are needed for this great career development opportunity.

Apply to become a Pressure Injury Prevention Link Nurse:

  1. Download and sign the PIPLN  Agreement Pressure Injury Prevention Link Nurse Agreement
  2. Scan your signed PIPLN agreement and email to:​
  3. Complete the short online PIPLN Application Form: PIPLN Application Form​

Applications CLOSE on the 13 August 2018.

For any queries please contact:

Postgraduate Study

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.

HWNZ Funding for Postgraduate Study

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.

Refer to: Accommodation and Flight Reimbursement Procedure.

Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.

Further information is available in the HWNZ Funding Policy document:

Policy Under Review

Before applying please ensure that you meet the funding eligibility requirements:

Eligibility Requirements for Funding.

  • CDHB and Pegasus 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

Please also ensure that your intended qualification is eligible for HWNZ funding:

Postgraduate Nursing Qualifications eligible for HWNZ Funding in 2018


Applications for Postgraduate Nursing Education Funding Semester 2 2018 are now closed.

  • ​​For nurses working within the CDHB, this is the link to the online application form

  • For Nurses working outside of the CDHB, this is the link to the online application form.
    Please note that CDHB and Pegasus 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 Jacinda King at the Postgraduate Nursing Education office at ​

Career Planning

Career planning is the process of formulating career goals and identifying the steps and resources needed to achieve these goals. It is an on-going future-focussed professional pathway and not limited to specific jobs.

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:

Indicative Educational Pathways

Career Planning Diagram for RNs       

RN Career Planning Worksheet

The PG Nursing Forum has developed some diagrams to help with Educational preparation for your career:

Advanced Clinical Practice

Nurse Educator Pathway

Nurse Manager paper

Nursing Research Pathway 


Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

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.

The CHAP Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2019.

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

The GAP Applications are now closed and will reopen in 2019.

GAP booklet

Education Fairs

Education Fair 

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.

PG Forum

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.

Useful links

Health Workforce New Zealand

University of Otago - Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

University of Auckland

Canterbury University

Victoria University - Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Whitireia - Postgraduate Nursing and Health Studies

Massey University

EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology - run through CPIT)

WINTEC - Waikato Institute of Technology

Auckland Institute of Technology

Ara Institute of Canterbury


Contact Us

Jacinda King
Nurse Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing Education

Contact Jacinda for queries relating to career planning, qualifications and papers.

Aoife Sweeney
Administrator - Postgraduate Nursing Education
Phone: 3378835 

Contact Aoife for queries relating to funding applications, travel reimbursements and fees payments​.


The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is located at:

Level 1

32 Oxford Terrace

P O Box 1600

Christchurch​ 8011​

Postgraduate Nursing Education
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Related Documents

​Applications for postgraduate nursing education funding in  Semester 2 are now closed. Applications for 2019 will open on the 3rd of September and close on the 19th of October

​Please note that CDHB and Pegasus 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.​​

Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

Applications are now closed for 2018/2019

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

Applications are now closed for 2018/2019

Travel Reimbursement Procedure​

Trainees who have been approved travel funding should use the following procedure to claim their reimbursements:​

Accommodation and Flight Reimbursement Procedure


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Page last reviewed: 30 July 2018
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