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Health Workforce is pleased to announce the 2020 Ministry of Health Pacific People’s Support Fund is now open for applications. Please refer to the attached documents listed below:

A friendly reminder that this funding is open to Pacific trainees enrolled in Ministry of Health-funded training programmes (regulated and non-regulated health workforce). Eligible trainees must have Pacific descent.   There is one closing date for completed applications. Wednesday February 5, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding your application form please contact (in the first instance) HWNZ – and, because the College is involved in the application process, copy to the GM –


The up to $1200 per successful candidate cover mentoring, cultural supervision (below is an extract from the guidelines):


5.0 Funding

5.1 Funding will be provided at levels specified in each Provider’scontract on the basis of trainees actuallyfunded. Funds are only accessible once the details of trainees undertaking training programmes are reported to Health Workforce.

Funds maybe spent on the following components:


5.2 Mentoring

An appropriately qualified and experienced person must be appointed who facilitates learning, supervises and assesses trainees continually so that the trainee achieves their outcomes at the end of the programme. Mentors motivate and encourage trainees to continue their education. Mentoring may take place on a one to one basis or as part of a group, dependent upon the trainee’s needs.


5.3 Cultural Supervision

An agreed supervision relationship by Pacific for Pacificwith the purpose of enabling the trainee to achieve safe and accountable professional practice, cultural development and self-care.An appropriately qualified and experienced person must be appointed who facilitates a process that explores and reconciles clinical and cultural issues with trainees.

The supervisor will provide appropriate management strategies, skills and confidence for trainees to build and maintain their cultural identity and integrity as Pacific people.

Culturallyeffective supervision should provide a mix of education, support and protection and support of Pacific workers with a focus on the cultural protection and safety of staff and their clients.

Cultural supervision can be utilised either locally or regionally, individually or as part of a group.


5.4 Cultural Development Activities

In conjunction with mentoring and cultural supervision, cultural development may be part of the Support Plan and includes:

  • Cultural resources;
  • Culturalactivities such aselder guidance, language classes, peer support
  • Networking workshops with other trainees receiving the Pacific People Support fund to connect, share, and support each other.

5.5 Payment of the Pacific Supportfund

Pacific Support funding is up to a maximum of $1,200 per trainee. Up to $200.00 can be utilised for course-related costs (eg: books and transport). Funding is applied on a pro-rata basis for part time study.