Nurse Practitioner and Enrolled Nurse Service Establishment Programme

Mental health and addictions have a significant impact on the wellbeing of people in Te Tai Tokerau. 

The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner and Enrolled Nurse Service Establishment Programme is to improve access to early intervention mental health and addiction screening. It supports enrolled nurses (ENs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) to develop the knowledge and skills to provide a holistic model of care in primary health and community settings. Equity, and achieving equitable outcomes, underpins the programme. 

The programme is part of a nationwide initiative funded by the Ministry of Health until December 2024. It is a partnership between the University of Auckland (School of Nursing), 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). The initiative is being led by Mahitahi Hauora PHE in Te Tai Tokerau.

There is growing understanding and interest in the opportunities a wider nursing workforce model, which includes enrolled nurses and nurse practitioners, presents to improve whānau health outcomes. Mahitahi Hauora is working closely with the community and healthcare providers to understand how we can support and build their capacity and capability to deliver healthcare that meets the needs of their whānau.

We have a newly approved EN apprenticeship model that will support people to continue working in healthcare providers while completing the EN programme, and funding has been approved to establish an NP model with skill development to deliver holistic services, including early intervention mental health and addictions screening.

Links and resources

Nurse Practitioners in Northland - Information from Northland DHB about the role and qualifications of a nurse practitioner, and a list of the nurse practitioners in Northland. 

Enrolled Nursing in Primary Care in Te Tai Tokerau

We launched this video in May at the Annual Enrolled Nurse Conference in Dunedin to support the understanding of the EN scope of practice and some of the terrific care that is already being provided in the community. Te Hiku Hauora enrolled nurse Melissa Peterson shares her insights about her role, and colleagues Dr Eric Farmer and practice manager Cheryl Britton talk about their experiences of working with enrolled nurses.

Being a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in Te Tai Tokerau

In this video, Onerahi Family Healthcare nurse practitioner Ebson Abraham describes his role as a nurse practitioner in primary care in Northland. Practice manager Toni Hartnell, GP and clinical director Ewa van Buuren, primary care support pharmacist Ben Dyer, and practice nurse/nurse educator Sal Clayton share their experiences of working with a nurse practitioner as part of the multidisciplinary team at this Whangārei practice.

Upcoming event: Nursing Workforce Roadshow

Mahitahi Hauora is holding a Nursing Workforce Roadshow across Te Tai Tokerau in August for those interested in career pathways as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse prescriber.

This roadshow is an opportunity for anyone interested in a nursing career to get face-to-face advice about education and career pathways. Representatives will be present from Mahitahi Hauora, Northland District Health Board Kia Ora Hauora team, Whitireia, Massey University, Auckland University of Technology, University of Auckland, Northtec, and Ministry of Social Development.

This is a walk-in event. No registration is needed.

  • 4pm to 6:30pm, Monday 9 August, Mahitahi Hauora PHE, Whangārei
  • 10am to 2:30pm, Tuesday 10 August, Te Ha Oranga, Dargaville
  • 10am to 2:30pm, Wednesday 11 August, Hokianga Health, Hokianga
  • 10am to 2:30pm, Thursday 12 August, Kaitaia, Te Hiku

Further information

If you have an interest in becoming an enrolled nurse or a nurse practitioner in primary healthcare, or you have an interest in these roles as a healthcare provider, please contact:

Coral Wiapo
Te Tai Tokerau Regional Coordinator - EN/NP Workforce Development Programme
Mobile: 021 828 662
Email: coral.wiapo@mahitahihauora.co.nz