Applications for the 2020 Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health) programme are now open 

Pacific Greetings,


Applications for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health) are now open and will close on Monday 25 November 2019.  Successful applicants will be notified before the end of December 2019 and please note there are limited places on the programme.


Applicants must meet the following entry criteria:

  • Registered New Zealand nurse or midwife of Pacific descent and/or cultural links with Pacific communities.

  • New Zealand resident.

  • Minimum of three years practice (following registration where applicable)

  • Evidence the applicant has maintained their professional development including recent tertiary study or clinical training.

  • Currently employed at least part time and evidence that the applicant has employer support to participate in the programme.

  • Demonstration of leadership skills in at least one of the following areas:

    • primary care, 

    • community development, 

    • clinical practice, 

    • management or governance; and 

    • teaching or research.


To apply: (i) submit an updated curriculum vitae (CV) or resume and (ii) a letter of support from your employer by the due date, Monday 25 November 2019.  Please ensure your submissions include evidence of the entry criteria above.


The Tentative Dates of the residential workshops* for this programme are:


  • Paper A (Pacific Health)

    • 2-3 March 2020

    • 4-5 May 2020

    • 8-9 June 2020

  • Paper B (Clinical Leadership)

    • 20-21 July 2020

    • 24-25 August 2020

    • 12-13 October 2020


*Please note that all residential workshops are compulsory.


Applications can be submitted via email to including any queries.

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About Aniva

The Ministry of Health has supported Pacific workforce development, as part of the Pacific Provider Development Funding of leadership development and alumni programmes since 2002. Well over 100 Pacific people from across the sector, including community leaders, clinicians, managers and researchers have participated in the programmes.


There is a significant shortage of New Zealand health and disability workers with an understanding of Pacific health perspectives and Pacific culture in general. The Aniva programme has been developed to help address that - helping participants pursue opportunities for career advancement in the health sector,  build their understanding of the challenges of working cross-culturally and advocating for minority populations, while establishing a Pacific health sector network for support.


The Aniva Programme provides further support to the Pacific health workforce through leadership development and networking opportunities. It contributes to the Ministry’s overall strategy to increase the Pacific health and disability workforce by ensuring we have the right Pacific people with the right skills in the right places.

Aniva Masters Qualification Pathway

The Aniva Masters pathway is made up of three distinct qualifications that combined, staircase to a Masters-level qualification.  The three qualifications are the:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care (Pacific Health), established in 2011;

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health), established in 2015; and

  • Masters in Professional Practice (Pacific Leadership) commenced in 2016.

The qualification delivery is supplemented with tailored, wraparound administrative support, clinical and cultural leadership mentoring, and activities that build and strengthen a Pacific health network.


Aniva Strategic Guides

  • 'Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014-2018 (‘Ala Mo’ui) sets out the ways in which the Government expects that health and disability services for Pacific Peoples will be enhanced and improved.

  • Serau framework seeks to target priority workforce groups, and develop and implement structured mentoring and support programmes.

  • Aniva supports ‘Ala Mo’ui and Serau by supporting priority outcome one of Ala Mo’ui, that Pacific workforce supply meets service demand.

Objectives - the Aniva programme aims to:

  • Facilitate and strengthen clinical and cultural networks across the Pacific health sector to support peer learning, enable access to trusted sources of advice, and facilitate more efficient sharing of information;

  • Support participants to plan and develop their career pathways and facilitate career advancement opportunities so that more Pacific people are available for senior roles to provide a Pacific perspective and influence strategy, policy and service delivery implementation to improve health outcomes for Pacific people;

  • Support participants to develop specific skills for leadership of Pacific health including: clinical leadership; management and leadership; and cultural and community leadership; and

  • Increase the pool of Pacific expertise available to the health sector – mainstream and Pacific to communicate Pacific issues, teaching and mentoring of others, conference presentations and publications.