Postgraduate Nursing Education

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Who Are We?

Canterbury District Health Board administers funded scholarships via Health Workforce NZ (formerly CTA) for postgraduate nursing certificates, diplomas and clinical masters qualifications for nurses in the Canterbury Health System.

Each year around 160 Canterbury nurses are undertaking HWNZ funded postgraduate nursing courses.

CDHB’s PG Nursing Education Plan sets out future directions and priorities. Below is the 2015-2018 PGNE Nursing Plan.

Nursing Workforce Education Plan Canterbury Health System 2015-2018


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.

HWNZ Funding for Postgraduate Study

Funding is available for payment of University Fees, study release for attendance at compulsory study blocks, and to subsidise flights and accommodation costs where required by the course.

Refer to:Travel and Accommodation Reimbursement Leaflet.pdf

Funding is not paid directly to the trainee.

Further information is available in the HWNZ Funding Policy document:​

Policy Under Review

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

Eligibility Requirements for Funding.

  • CDHB and Pegasus nurses must have successfully completed PDRP (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 the DHB or Ministry of Health from Vote 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 HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specification document gives more information about eligibility:

HWNZ Postgraduate Nursing Training Specifications.doc


Applications for Postgraduate Nursing Education Funding for Semester 2, 2019 are now open

  • Please note that CDHB and Pegasus nurses applying for HWNZ 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.  Nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.

Nurses considering applying for funding in any funding round 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 Jacinda King at the Postgraduate Nursing Education office at ​

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 resources may be useful:

Indicative Educational Pathways

Career Planning Diagram for RNs       

RN Career Planning Worksheet

The PG Nursing Forum has developed some diagrams to help with Educational preparation for your career:

Advanced Clinical Practice

Nurse Educator Pathway

Nurse Manager paper

Nursing Research Pathway 


Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

Applications are now open

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.​

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

Applications are now open 

Applications are open for the 2019 Gerontology Acceleration Programme. This programme commences mid-2019 and is a 12-month nursing acceleration programme which provides extended learning and experience for nurses working with our gerontology population. This programme provides the opportunity for nurses to participate in clinical rotations through medical, rehabilitation and aged residential care facilities, in conjunction with postgraduate education to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding of the older persons journey through the care continuum.

For more information or to apply, please​ click here

Education Fairs

​Education Fairs are normally held in August at several venues within the Canterbury District Health Board

The purpose of the fairs is to provide an overview of educational programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to show what HWNZ funding/study assistance is available.

Representatives from most of the tertiary providers will be there to offer career advice, and a representative from the Postgraduate Nursing Education office also attends to help with funding advice.

CDHB Education Fairs 2019 (for 2020).pdf

PG Forum

This group meets quarterly and is responsible for setting the strategic direction for postgraduate nursing education for the Canterbury DHB region. The group consists of representatives from Canterbury District Health Board, Tertiary Education providers, NGO organisations, and others involved in postgraduate nursing education.

Education Fairs will be run the week of 5th August 2019, further information to follow.

Useful links

Health Workforce New Zealand

University of Otago - Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies

University of Auckland

Canterbury University

Victoria University - Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Whitireia - Postgraduate Nursing and Health Studies

Massey University

EIT (Eastern Institute of Technology - run through CPIT)

WINTEC - Waikato Institute of Technology

Auckland Institute of Technology

Ara Institute of Canterbury


Contact Us

Jacinda King
Nurse Coordinator - Postgraduate Nursing Education
Phone: 0273835744

Contact Jacinda for queries relating to career planning, qualifications and papers.

Lauren Huck
Administrator - Postgraduate Nursing Education
Phone: 3640063 ext 80063 

Contact Lauren for queries relating to funding applications, travel reimbursements and fees payments​.


The Postgraduate Nursing Education office is located at:


Level 5

276 Antigua Street

Christchurch​ 8011​

Postgraduate Nursing Education
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Related Documents

Applications for postgraduate nursing HWNZ funding Semester 2, 2019 are now open.  Semester 2 applications will close on 26 April @ 1500hrs.

CDHB application form​

Non-CDHB application form​

​​Please note that CDHB and Pegasus nurses applying for HWNZ 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.  Nurses working in designated senior nursing roles are exempt from this.​​​

Child Health Acceleration Programme (CHAP)

Applications are now open and will close on 1st March 2019 @1500hrs.  The application form can be accessed by the link below:

CHAP Application Form​

Gerontology Acceleration Programme (GAP)

Applications are now open and will close April 26th 2019 at 1500hrs. The application link is found here: 

GAP Application Form 2019​

Travel Reimbursem​​ent Procedure​

Trainees who have been approved travel funding should use the following procedure to claim their reimbursements:​​ 

Travel and Accommodation Reimbursement Leaflet.pdf

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Page last reviewed: 22 March 2019