Hospitals & Services
Canterbury District Health Board 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 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.
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. Please contact the Postgrad Nurse Coordinator at PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz if you have any queries about this.
Please note NPTP funding applications close September 10th, 2021.
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).
Refer to:Travel and Accommodation reimbursement policy
Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.
Further information is available in the HWD Funding Policy document:
Canterbury HWD PG 2019-20 Policy
Before applying please ensure that you meet the funding eligibility requirements:
Eligibility Requirements for Funding.
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 HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:
HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specifications.doc
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
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
Applications for the Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP) are now 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.
Applications for the 2021 Gerontology Acceleration Programme are currently closed.
Please make sure you discuss your application with your line manager first.
For any queries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Fairs for 2023 funding will be held the week of August 8th, 2022.
The purpose of the fairs is to provide an overview of educational programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to show what HWD 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 Directorate
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
Please contact the Postgrad Nursing Office, Postgrad Coordinator or Postgrad Administrator, at PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz
276 Antigua Street
If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz if you have any queries about this.
Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)
Applications for the 2021 Gerontology Acceleration Programme are now closed.
Travel Reimbursement Procedure