Nurse Practitioner Service Establishment

The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) Service Establishment Programme is to support the establishment of NPs  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 from both the health providers and the NP (or NP trainee). Preferentially, the health provider and the NP (NP trainee) will already have a working relationship, or the intent to work together. Where either the health provider or the NP (or NP trainee) do not have an existing relationship, efforts will be made to connect health providers with potential NPs (NP trainees).

The purpose of the NP Service Establishment Programme is to improve access to mental health and addiction (MH&A) services in primary health care and community settings by supporting NPs (and ENs) into positions with health providers. Equity and achieving equitable outcomes, underpins the Programme.


  • Establish NP positions into PHC and community settings where the NPs have a substantive role in delivering MH&A services
  • Promote the contribution of NPs in PHC and community settings to provide mental health and addiction services
  • Work in partnership to co-design NP 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 NP 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) (unless other equivalent training has been undertaken)
  • Professional &/or cultural supervision
  • Clinical supervision

It is expected that each NP position will have different funding needs and different models of care.

Further information is available here.

Application Process

  1. Potential health providers and NPs (NP trainees) will be asked to submit an expression of interest to the National Coordinator of the Programme, Dr Sue Adams. (Forms available from or
  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 NP (or NP trainee).
  5. The health provider and NP (NP trainee) will be notified of the outcome.
  6. The health provider and NP (or NP trainee) 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 for up to a 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).

Watch a video about Ebson Abraham NP’s experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Healthcare: