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Health Workforce Directorate Postgraduate Nursing Funding

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Welcome to Southern DHB’s Postgraduate education for Registered Nurses program.


DHBs throughout New Zealand have responsibility for identifying and prioritising funding for postgraduate training needs for all registered nurses within their district who are employed by health and disability services funded by the DHB or Ministry of Health.

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The graduate nurse represents the future of the nursing profession and as such we believe you should have the opportunity to develop your professional and practice roles in a supportive environment that models excellence in nursing practice, leadership, professionalism and best practice principles.

The purpose of these pages is to provide information relating to Health Workforce Directorate (formerly HWNZ) funding and support available for nursing postgraduate study.

Assisting key stakeholders in postgraduate education to be well informed and assist the decision-making process around postgraduate study is a key focus. 

Key stakeholders include:

  • Registered Nurses considering postgraduate study

  • Nursing Leadership

  • Health providers

  • Line Managers

  • Educators

Health Workforce Directorate Postgraduate Nursing information is current at the time of issue.  All efforts will be made to publicise significant changes to processes as they occur at the earliest possible time.

Information and Promotional Resources 

Please select your Southern District Health Board Health Workforce Directorate funding document by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Training Providers Expo

Dunedin: Monday 2nd of September 2019, 11:30am-15:30pm, Revive Staff Café

Invercargill: Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 11:30am-15:30pm Outside the Hospital Café, Ground Floor

Contact Details

Application period for 2020 HWD funding is open 1st September until 4th October 2019

Applications / Administration enquiries to:


Hannah Kerr
PDU Administrator


All other enquiries to:


Jo Dobson - RN
Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing Education (District Funding)



Contact details for PGNE Office:






DDI: (03) 4709673 or internal extn 59673

c/- Practice Development Unit (Otago)

PG Nursing Education Office

First Floor Fraser Building, Cumberland Street, Dunedin

Box 20, Dunedin Hospital

Private Bag 1921, DUNEDIN 9054


Application Form:

Investment Information:

Funding Reimbursement:


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