The Service Establishment Programme is part of a wider Ministry of Health funded programme to deliver a national Nurse Practitioner (NP) Training Programme (NPTP) and to support the establishment of both NPs and ENs in primary health care and community settings, where they deliver (substantively) mental health and addiction services. The Programme is funded through to Dec 2024.
There are two Service Establishment Programmes: Enrolled Nurse and Nurse Practitioner.
The Programme is being led by the School of Nursing, University of Auckland in partnership with ; The Fono; Victoria University of Wellington; and the University of Otago. Other key partners are Te Rau Ora; Te Ao Māramatanga – NZ College of Mental Health Nurses Inc; NPNZ (Nurse Practitioners New Zealand); and the Enrolled Nurse Section (NZNO).
The purpose of the Service Establishment Programme is to improve access to mental health and addiction (MH&A) services in primary health care and community settings by supporting ENs (and NPs) into positions with health providers. Equity and achieving equitable outcomes, underpins the Programme.