The costs for the training programme are generally updated annually, though if external providers raise their prices unannounced, the College may have to update the charge immediately. Registrars not eligible for HWNZ funding may receive a College subsidy for the costs of some components. Contact the training programme coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
See the membership page for further information on the membership fee payment.
HWNZ funds are available for eligible doctors completing the training programme who commence the programme before 2022. Those joining in late 2021 onwards may have reduced access to HWNZ funding. This move has been signalled by HWNZ but they have currently not provided details.
Eligibility and how the funds are applied are described in the training programme funding and fees document. In brief, you must be:
- Registered to practise medicine in NZ
- At least PGY2
- A NZ Citizen or permanent resident (note PRV is required, see the training programme funding and fees document)
- Approved for funding by RNZCUC
- On the RNZCUC training programme for no more than 4 years (though an extension for 6 years is allowed if you take time out of training for exceptional circumstances).
Those who do not meet these criteria may be able to apply for an exemption, specifically from the residency criterion. Experience has shown that HWNZ is far more likely to grant this to those working in under-served areas (ie small towns and rural areas). See http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/health-workforce/investment-and-purchasing/exceptions-residency-status-policy. The GM is able to support your application.
Should your application for an exemption not be successful, the College automatically awards a significant subsidy to non-funded registrars.
Those not eligible for HWNZ funds will be invoiced regularly for the training programme components they complete (and RNZCUC pays for) in accordance with the training programme funding and fees document.