Back to top anchor

Brought to you by Southern DHB and WellSouth primary health network

Open main menu Close main menu

Health Workforce Directorate Postgraduate Nursing Funding

This content brought to you by:

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.

Health Workforce logo

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


Following recent announcement to continue the lockdown level 3 for Auckland, until Sunday and then Level 2 for all of us until at least September 6th – the decision has been made to cancel the Study Expos that were planned for Invercargill on Monday 31st August and Dunedin on Tuesday 1st September. Some representatives had already told us they will not be attending. Social distancing in our environments would just been too complex to maintain. The tertiary providers may send us promotional material that can be distributed on their behalf. Some may also send PowerPoint/video presentations that we can upload onto the website. And there is a possibility of zoom meetings too.

For further information about HWD funding and/or postgraduate study options please in the first instance contact us.

Jo Dobson PGNE Coordinator
Extn 59675

Hannah Kerr PGNE Administrator   
Extn 59673

Contact Details

Application period for 2020 HWD funding is open Tuesday 1st September until Friday 9th October 2020

Applications / Administration enquiries to:


Hannah Kerr
Administrator – Postgraduate Nursing Education


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:


632.58 KB