Enrolled Nurse Service Establishment

The purpose of the Enrolled Nurse (EN) Service Establishment Programme is to support the establishment of 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, and is seeking expressions of interest from health providers and ENs (or EN students).

The purpose of the EN 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.


  • Establish EN positions into PHC and community settings where the ENs have a substantive role in delivering MH&A services
  • Promote the contribution of ENs in PHC and community settings to provide mental health and addiction services
  • Work in partnership to co-design EN positions in health providers
  • Prioritise Māori participation in the workforce and Māori service delivery models
  • Increase Pacific participation in the workforce and Pacific service delivery models
  • Evaluate the models, including role; how the service has improved access to MH&A services; funding to establish the service
  • Share learnings and ideas to increase the success of the Programme through a network of health providers and stakeholders across both North and South islands.


The funding to establish the EN position is expected to cover up to a two-year period. The funding may cover:

  • A contribution to salary
  • Professional development, including Mental Health Credentialling (run by Te Ao Māramatanga)
  • Professional &/or cultural supervision
  • Clinical supervision

Further information is available here.

Application Process

  1. Potential health providers and ENs (EN students) will be asked to submit an expression of interest to the National Coordinator of the Programme, Dr Sue Adams. (Forms available from adams@auckland.ac.nz or a.crawshaw@auckland.ac.nz)
  2. The National Coordinator (or regional coordinator) will then contact the applicants seeking any further information or clarification.
  3. The Partners’ Steering Group will be presented with applications for review by the National Coordinator.
  4. The application will be assessed in relation to eligibility and readiness of provider and EN (or EN student).
  5. The health provider and EN (or EN student) will be notified of the outcome.
  6. The health provider and EN (or EN student) will then work with the National or Regional Coordinator, and other local stakeholders as appropriate, to develop a full funding model, implementation and evaluation strategy over the up to two-year period.

The Programme is being led by the School of Nursing, University of Auckland in partnership with Mahitahi Hauora PHE; 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).