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Health Workforce Directorate Postgraduate Nursing Funding

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Welcome to Postgraduate education for Registered Nurses program.

HWD Funding Application round for 2023 opens on Thursday 1st September until Friday 30th September 2022. Please see bottom of the page for more information


Each District 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 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 

HWD Tertiary Provider's Expo's for the 2023 academic year to be held:

Monday 29th August 11:30-3:00pm at Dunedin Hospital (Fraser Conference Rooms, 1st Floor, Fraser Building)
Tuesday 30th  August 11:30am-3:00pm at Southland Hospital (Corridor outside staff café)

There will be representatives from multiple training providers, as well as the Administrator and Coordinator of the Postgraduate Nursing Education Office in attendance. You will be able to discuss study plans, and pick up copies of the 2023 HWD Application Form and Information Booklet

Application Round for 2023 Funding: 

Application period for 2023 HWD funding is open Thursday 1st September until Friday 30th September 2022

HWD Funding Documents

Application Form:

129.56 KB

Investment Information: 

Funding Reimbursement:


Contact Details

Kylie Legg
Administrator - Postgraduate Nursing Education 
03 4709673 or extn 59673

Jo Dobson RN
Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing Education 
03 4709675 or extn 59675

Postal Address:
PG Nursing Education Office c/o- Practice Development Unit (Otago)
First Floor Fraser Building, Cumberland Street, Dunedin
Box 20, Dunedin Hospital
Private Bag 1921, DUNEDIN 9054