A key focus for the DHB is to grow our own health professionals and we want to expose and support students from an early age to the health sector.  We have options for all students and our Whyora programme targets Maori students as it is a objective to increase the number of Maori working in the health sector.  We want to work closely with Career Advisors to promote information about career opportunities in the health sector.

Supporting tertiary students during their under graduate training is as equally important, as we want the Taranaki DHB to be their preferred choice of employer for their first year of employment. 

The Taranaki DHB Health Education Scholarship Programme supports tertiary students and information on this can be found by clicking here.

Here is some information for students interested in a placement at the Taranaki DHB.


New Zealand Secondary School Students

Taranaki DHB is active in providing opportunities for secondary school students to be exposed to the many careers in health and will try to meet requests for placements.  However our clinicians are very busy and we are committed to hosting tertiary students across all occupational areas throughput the year that limits our ability.

We attend the annual Taranaki Careers Expo at the TSB Stadium with heath professionals available to talk to and provide you with a true perspective of what it is like working in the health sector. 

We seek to work closely with the secondary school Career Advisors and ensure they are up to date will information on health careers.  Our main resource for this purpose is this website           


New Zealand Tertiary Students

Taranaki DHB has linkages with many of the tertiary education providers for most specialist areas and there may be an agreement in place that facilitates placements.  Therefore your first course of action if you are interested in a placement at the Taranaki DHB, is to contact your course supervisor / head of faculty who can then liaise with the relevant person at the hospital.

We welcome nursing students with an interest in the completion of your final transition to practice placement at the end of third year.  Of these students we especially welcome those with an interest in the Taranaki Nurse Entry into Practice Programme (NETP).  Please contact (NETP Coordinator).

If your course supervisor is not able to advise you on a placement, you can then contact the following:

All students are required to sign a code of conduct and complete a health questionnaire.  If you are over 18 years of age you may also be required to complete a police vetting authorisation.


Overseas Medical Students

Due to an extremely high demand placements for overseas medical students are limited in Taranaki therefore we cannot guarantee a placement to every student. 
International students will need to:

  • Plan your application well in advance to have the chance of taking a placement.
  • Contact the Medical Student Administration team on to request a placement.
  • You will need to attach your CV, your areas of interest and the preferred dates with your application.
  • If successful you will be required to complete pre-placement documentation
  • You will need to obtain and submit to us a police certificate from your country of residence to the hospital, to confirm your suitability.
  • You will be responsible to arrange the appropriate immigration permits and any medical registration required for your placement.
  • A placement fee will be applied.

We have accommodation available in the Staff Hostel.
Download our hostel brochure here
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Last updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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