Postgraduate Nursing Education

Who Are We

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

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

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP) 

Applications for the 2024/2025 Gerontology Acceleration Programme are now open!

Applications for this year's Gerontology Acceleration Programme are welcomed from Registered Nurses working in inpatient services across Acute Services and Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation (including Older Persons Mental Health) services and Aged Residential Care. Please discuss your application with your manager first. To apply please click here. If you have any queries please direct these to Rebecca Heyward: arcnursing@cdhb.health.nz. Applications for the programme close Friday March 15th at 4pm.

The Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP) commences mid-year and is a 12-month nursing acceleration programme which provides extended learning and experience for Registered Nurses working with our older adult population. This programme provides the opportunity for nurses to participate in clinical rotations which may include acute medical or surgical, older persons' health and aged residential care settings, in conjunction with postgraduate education to enhance participant's knowledge, skills and understanding of the older persons journey through the care continuum.

Applications are welcomed from any Registered Nurses who are working in acute care and older persons health and rehabilitation services, as well as those working in Aged Residential Care. 

Potential applicants please discuss your application with your line manager first.  

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

​Nurse Practitioner Training Program (NPTP)

Details of the NPTP can be found on the following link, along with the application form and eligibility for the Programme:
https://nurseworkforce.blogs.auckland.ac.nz/nptp/
The website contains a section that discusses "How to get Ready for the NPTP" and a self-audit clinical readiness tool that we strongly recommend is completed prior to application

Universities participating in the NPTP in 2024 are the University of Auckland, Massey University, University of Otago, Victoria University of Wellington and University of Waikato.

Nursing Workforce Postgraduate Funding

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 Funding Policy document:​

Canterbury Nursing Workforce Postgraduate Funding 2023 Policy

PG Policy June 2023 v2.pdf

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

  • Te Whatu Ora and Pegasus nurses must have successfully completed PDRP (Te Whatu Ora 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 Te Whatu Ora or Manatū Hauora (Ministry of 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 Nursing Workforce Postgraduate funding Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:

HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specifications.doc

There will not be a Sem 2 application round for 2024. 

If you have any questions in relation to this, please contact the Postgrad Nursing Office at PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz
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.  Te Whatu Ora nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.
Nurses considering applying for funding 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 the Postgrad Nursing Office: PostGraduateNursingOffice@cdhb.health.nz

Postgraduate Nursing Education Fair 2024

The purpose of the Fairs is to provide an overview of educational programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as highlighting what Nursing Workforce Postgraduate funding/study assistance is available.
Come along and meet our Education Providers & Te Whatu Ora's Postgraduate Nursing Office. Welcoming any and all Registered Nurses interested in Graduate or Postgraduate level education for 2025.

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)

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.

PG Forum

This group meets quarterly and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for postgraduate nursing education for the Waitaha Canterbury region. The group consists of representatives from Te Whatu Ora | Waitaha Canterbury, Tertiary Education providers, NGO organisations, and others involved in postgraduate nursing education.​

Contact Us

Jacinda King
Nurse Manager
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 Nursing Workforce Postgraduate Funding 2024 is now CLOSED.

Thank you for all applications received. Allocated funding has now been distributed.

​​Please note that Te Whatu Ora and Pegasus nurses applying for Nursing Workforce Postgraduate funding  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.

 Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

The GAP funding round for
2024 - 2025 is now OPEN

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

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.​

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Page last reviewed: 09 February 2024