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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.

HWD Funding Application round for 2022 opens on Wednesday 1st September until Tuesday 5th October 2021. Please see bottom of the page for more information


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 

HWD Tertiary Provider's Expo's for the 2022 academic year to be held:

Monday 30th  August 11:30-3:00pm at Southland Hospital (Corridor outside staff café)
Tuesday 31st August 11:30am-3:00pm at Dunedin Hospital (in Revive 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 2022 HWD Application Form and Information Booklet

Application Round for 2022 Funding: 

Application period for 2022 HWD funding is open Wednesday 1st September until Tuesday 5th October 2021

HWD Funding Documents

Application Form:

Investment Information: (please note this is an old document and will be updated to reflect 2022 information)

Funding Reimbursement:


Yet to be completed

Contact Details

Kylie Legg
Postgraduate Nursing Education Administrator   
03 4709673 or extn 59673

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