Postgraduate Nursing Education

Who Are We?

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand | Waitaha Canterbury (formerly CDHB) administers funded scholarships via HWD (Health Workforce Directorate, formerly HWNZ) for postgraduate nursing certificates, diplomas and masters qualifications for nurses in the Canterbury Health System.

Each year approximately 200 Canterbury nurses are undertaking HWD funded postgraduate nursing courses. 

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.

​Nurse Practitioner Training Program (NPTP)

For nurses who are undertaking the final year of their Nurse Practitioner training, there is another funding source available. See following link for further information: National NPTP information

Applications are currently open and can be completed via the link above. We would also encourage you to apply for the Canterbury Health Workforce Development Postgrad funding (link at top right of page) as there are limited NPTP places available.  

HWD Funding for Postgraduate Study

Funding is available for payment of University Fees, study release and for attendance at compulsory study blocks. There is also the ability to receive a subsidy for flights and accommodation costs where required by a course that is not offered locally (at the discretion of the relevant Director of Nursing).

Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.
Further information is available in the HWD Funding Policy document:​

Canterbury HWD Postgraduate 2019-20 Policy

Canterbury HWD PG 2019-20 Policy 

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

  • CDHB and Pegasus nurses must have successfully completed PDRP (CDHB designated 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 CDHB 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 HWD Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:

HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specifications.doc
Applications for the 2023 academic year are now closed. 

There will not be a Sem 2 application round for 2023. The application round for 2023 funding closed on Friday, October 7th.

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact the Postgrad Nursing Office at PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz

Please note that CDHB and Pegasus nurses applying for HWD 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.  CDHB 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  please contact the Postgrad Nursing Office at PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz

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 links may be useful:

Nursing Council Website- Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Council Website- Nurse Prescriber
 

Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

Applications for CHAP are currently closed. 

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.​

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP) 

Applications for GAP currently closed.
Unfortunately due to the potential impact of Covid on clinical areas and staffing, regrettably we have made the decision to cancel the Gerontology Acceleration Programme for 2022. 

We thank you for your interest in the programme and apologise for any disappointment this causes. We are looking forward to recommencing the programme in February or June 2023, and will update this page with further information once this becomes available. 

For any queries around this please contact: arcnursing@cdhb.health.nz 

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.​

Contact Us

Jacinda King
Nurse Manager; Postgraduate Coordinator (interim)
Jo Greenlees-Rae
Postgraduate Coordinator
Olivia Smith
Postgraduate Administrator

Any queries or concerns, please contact:
PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz

The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is located at:

Manawa Building
Level 5
276 Antigua Street
Christchurch​ 8011​

Postgraduate Nursing Education
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Related Documents

 Applications for funding for 2023 are now CLOSED.

​​Please note that Te Whatu Ora and Pegasus nurses applying for HWD 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)

To apply for the CHAP programme:

Click here

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.​


Funding for Postgraduate Study 


Travel Reimbursem​​ent Procedure​

Travel and Accommodation reimbursement.pdf


Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

Unfortunately due to the potential impact of Covid on clinical areas and staffing, regrettably we have made the decision to cancel the Gerontology Acceleration Programme for 2022. 

We thank you for your interest in the programme and apologise for any disappointment this causes. We are looking forward to recommencing the programme in February or June 2023, and will update this page with further information once this becomes available. 

For any queries around this please contact: arcnursing@cdhb.health.nz

Useful links

 

 

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Page last reviewed: 10 October 2022