2024 Intake: The 6-week Registration of Interest period has now closed

The 6-week registration period for the 2024 Intake of the Scheme has now closed.

https://voluntarybondingscheme.tewhatuora.govt.nz/SignIn


Completed, submitted registrations are now in the final stages of being assessed and considered by Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora. Registration does not guarantee a place on the Scheme, If places on the Scheme are over-subscribed, a selection process may be undertaken. If we need more information to assess your registration, we will contact you, via a portal message and/or email.

Once the assessment and approvals process is complete, at that point we can advise 2024 registrants as to whether they have been formally accepted to the Scheme. You will be notified by email that the outcome of your registration is available to view in the portal. It is anticipated outcome notifications will be issued in June 2024.

You can check the status of your registration by logging into the registrant portal. If your registration has a status of ‘submitted’ then we have received your registration and it is still being considered.


Queries can be sent to vbs@health.govt.nz, or as a message through the registrant portal after submitting a registration.

2024 Intake: eligible professions, communities and specialties

Te Whatu Ora is pleased to announce the eligible professions, communities, and specialties for the 2024 intake of the Scheme.

Expansions and additions from last year’s intake include:

  • Expansion of the Scheme to include all new (2023) graduate midwives nationwide, also extended to 2022 graduate midwives who have not already registered to the Scheme
  • a new category for new or (2023) graduate anaesthetic technicians working in public sector hospitals nationwide, also extended to 2021 and 2022 graduates
  • a new category for new or recent graduate pharmacists working in regional public sector hospitals and rural and regional community settings **
  • expansion of the Scheme for rural and regional general practice trainees, including to all Mâori and Pacific trainees nationwide, and the addition of non-urban portions of the Waitemata and Counties Manukau districts, and Invercargill as eligible communities
  • expansion of available Scheme places for new graduate enrolled and registered nurses

    ** for Pharmacists, the category is geographically targeted to rural and regional Aotearoa New Zealand and excludes the urban boundaries of the six main centres (Metropolitan Auckland,  Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin). The category is open to new (2023) graduate pharmacists who are commencing their internship in 2023 or early 2024, and also 2021 and 2022 graduate pharmacists who complete(d) their internship in 2023.

    The full list of eligible professions, specialties and communities can be found below 

Eligible 2024 Intake Health Professions, Communities and Specialties

Postgraduate General Practice Trainees (PGY3-6), who commence(d) GPEP1, 2, or 3 in early 2024

  • Mâori General practice trainees (nationwide)
  • Pacific General practice trainees (nationwide)

and (non Mâori/Pacific trainees) in:

  • Bay of Plenty (excluding Tauranga and Whakatāne urban)
  • Canterbury (excluding, Christchurch other than Banks Peninsula)
  • Capital & Coast (excluding Wellington and Porirua)
  • Counties Manukau (excluding metropolitan Auckland)
  • Hawke’s Bay
  • Lakes
  • Midcentral
  • Nelson Marlborough (excluding Nelson/Richmond)
  • Northland
  • South Canterbury
  • Southern (excluding Dunedin/Mosgiel)
  • Tairāwhiti
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato (excluding Hamilton)
  • Wairarapa
  • Waitemata (excluding metropolitan Auckland)
  • West Coast
  • Whanganui

Midwives: Core-Employed and Lead Maternity Carers —2024 Intake

  • Core-employed and Lead Maternity Carer roles nationwide (2023 graduates)
  • Core-employed and Lead Maternity Carer roles nationwide (2022 graduates who have not already registered to the Scheme)

Anaesthetic Technicians —2024 Intake

  • public sector hospitals nationwide (2023 graduates)
  • public sector hospitals nationwide (2021 and 2022 graduates)

Pharmacists —2024 Intake

  • regional public sector hospitals and rural and regional community settings (2023 graduates commencing internship in 2023/early 2024)
  • regional public sector hospitals and rural and regional community settings (2021 or 2022 graduates completinginternship in 2023)

For Pharmacists, the category is geographically targeted to rural and regional Aotearoa New Zealand and excludes the urban boundaries of the six main centres (Metropolitan Auckland,  Tauranga, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin). The category is open to new (2023) graduate pharmacists who are commencing their internship in 2023 or early 2024, and also 2021 and 2022 graduate pharmacists who complete(d) their internship in 2023.

Registered Nurses — 2024 Intake (2023 graduates)

Specialties

  • Aged Care (aged residential care and older persons' health services)
  • Mental Health (hospital and community, including addiction services)
  • District Nursing
  • Well Child/Tamariki Ora
  • Primary/Practice Nursing within:
    • Māori or Pacific Providers
    • Auckland
    • Counties Manukau
    • Waitematā
    • Taranaki

Or

Communities

  • South Canterbury
  • Wairoa District
  • West Coast

Enrolled Nurses — 2024 Intake (2023 graduates)

Specialties

  • Aged Care (aged residential care and older persons' health services)
  • Mental Health (hospital and community, including addiction services)

Sonographers — 2024 Intake (2023 graduates)

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Radiation Therapists — 2024 intake (2023 graduates)

  • Publicly funded health facilities.

Medical Physicists — 2024 intake (who complete TEAP in 2023)

  • Publicly funded health facilities

Dentists and Oral Health Therapists — 2024 Intake (2021, 2022, and 2023 graduates PGY1-3)

  • Te Hiku Hauora – Kaitaia  
  • Ngāti Hine Health Trust – Kawakawa 
  • Raukura Hauora o Tainui – Kirikiriroa / Hamilton
  • Te Manu Toroa – Tauranga  
  • Tipu Ora – Rotorua 
  • Ngāti Porou Hauora – Te Puia Springs and Ruatoria
  • Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga – Heretaunga / Hastings  
  • Ora Toa PHO – Porirua  

Or

  • Māori Oral Health Providers (to be assessed on a case-by-case basis) *
  • Pacific Oral Health Providers (to be assessed on a case-by-case basis) *
  • practices located in rural or remote areas (to be assessed on a case-by-case basis) *

* prior to a registrant’s confirmation on the Scheme. Oral health practices in semi-rural hubs (i.e., smaller towns) and Te Whatu Ora roles may be considered on a case-by-case basis if it can be verified that the role provides significant services to surrounding rural and semi-rural populations and/or to Māori and/or Pacific communities.

Financial Incentives Offered

Profession

1 st Payment for Years 1-3 (after tax)

2 nd Payment for Year 4 (after tax)

3 rd Payment for Year 5 (after tax)

Graduate Doctors & Dentists

$30,000

$10,000

$10,000

General Practice Trainees

$30,000

n/a (bond is 3 years)

n/a (bond is 3 years)

Registered and Enrolled Nurses

$8,499

$2,833

$2,833

Midwives

$10,500

$3,500

$3,500

Medical Physicists / Sonographers / Oral Health Therapists / Anaesthetic Technicians / Pharmacists

$11,796

$3,932

$3,932

Radiation Therapists

$10,125

$3,375

$3,375