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Grant Results

Each year, Te Pou provides a number of grants for workforce and leadership development.

Disability grants, funded by the Ministry of Health, are used to enhance skills, develop leadership and strengthen the workforce of people providing support to disabled people and their whānau.

Skills Matter funding, managed by Te Pou on behalf of the Ministry of Health, supports postgraduate training for new graduates and existing practitioners working in DHB, NGO and primary care settings.

Disability grant results

Te Pou distributes consumer leadership development grants and workforce development grants over two funding rounds. A training grant is also allocated. Here are summaries of the most recent grant results:

  • 2019 summary of funded disability grants

    In 2019, 165 applications from 69 organisations and 4 individuals across New Zealand received a consumer leadership development grant, workforce development grant or a training grant from Te Pou. Funds were granted to a total of 2,947 participants.

    See the full summary

  • 2018 summary of funded disability grants

    In 2018, 91 applications from 43 organisations across New Zealand received a consumer leadership development grant or workforce development grant from Te Pou. Two rounds of funding were held for each grant: one in March and one in October. 142 applications from 55 organisations across New Zealand received a training grant from Te Pou.

    See the full summary

Impact of Skills Matter

Te Pou believes high-quality mental health and addiction training is key to developing a strong and effective workforce.

We regularly monitor and evaluate our Skills Matter programmes to understand what differences the programmes make in practice and to look for opportunities to continuously improve our programme offerings.

Evaluations of Skills Matter funded courses

  • Whitireia NESP and Adult Forensic programme – A nurse's narrative

    Lorna, a forensic mental health nurse, shares her personal, professional, and academic journey with the Whitireia Skills Matter funded new entry to specialist practice (NESP) programme and subsequent funded postgraduate certificate in adult forensics.

    Read about Lorna's experience.

  • 2016 cohort: understanding the long-term outcomes

    First follow up of 2016 cohort

    In 2017, Te Pou followed up with a sample of students who obtained Skills Matter funding in 2016 to better understand the longer-term outcomes of their training.

    Read the report

    Second follow up of 2016 cohort

    In 2018, Te Pou conducted further interviews with the 2016 students in order to understand their experiences in deepening their practice
    over time.

    Read the report

  • An analysis of the Skills Matter New Entry to Specialist Practice: Mental Health and Addiction Nursing programme

    An analysis of five years’ of survey data identified the courses are making a meaningful impact on participants’ practice in the field of mental health and addiction.

    Read the report

  • Student reflections - clinical leadership in nursing practice programme

    Three Skills Matter students from the 2015 clinical leadership in nursing practice programme reflect on their study and practice.

    Read the report



Te Pou has a wide range of evidence-based resources and tools to help the mental health, addiction and disability workforces.

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Our work

Te Pou works alongside mental health and addiction services, and disability organisations to understand their priorities and workforce challenges.

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