NPNZ are committed to supporting the development of knowledge about the role and benefits of the NP workforce in New Zealand.

We are happy to consider requests for access to our membership as a research cohort following a brief research proposal, copied to the secretary

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Nurse Practitioner Training Programme Evaluation

The evaluation report from Malatest International of the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme (NPTP) is now available on the Ministry’s website

Based on the report's findings Health Workforce New Zealand and the Office of the Chief Nurse welcomes feedback from the nursing profession, employers, training providers and other stakeholders. There are a number of questions for you to consider when giving feedback,

Nurse prescribers in England saving NHS millions,

10 December, 2015

Non-medical prescribers are saving the NHS in England an estimated annual £777m, which could be increased further by at least £270m a year if more GP practices were to employ them, according to a new report here


Cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners in primary and specialised ambulatory care: systematic review

Martin-Misener R,Harbman P, Donald F, et al. Cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners in primary andspecialised ambulatory care: systematic review.
BMJ Open 2015;5:e007167. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014- 007167

There is high-quality evidence that nurse practitioners in alternative provider ambulatory primary care roles are cost-effective with patient outcomes that are equivalent to or better than usual care and with lower costs; the evidence for their cost effectiveness in alternative provider specialised ambulatory care roles is promising, but limited by the small number of studies; it was not possible to draw conclusions about the cost-effectiveness of the complementary provider specialised ambulatory care role of nurse practitioners because of the generally low quality of evidence.

The first decade of nurse practitioners in New Zealand: A survey of an evolving practice.

Gagan MJ, Boyd M, Wysocki K, Williams DJ.

 Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 2014;26(11):612-9.


Nurse practitioners (NPs) have been registered in New Zealand (NZ) since 2002. This article describes a sample of their practices and outcomes across a variety of healthcare specialties. The PEPPA model was used as a guide for the organization of data, the discussion of findings, and recommendations for the future.


Two e-mailed surveys of registered NPs (including qualitative and quantitative data) were conducted by the professional organization, NPNZ in 2011 and 2012.


After 10 years, NPs in NZ demonstrated efficient practice and have produced measurable improved healthcare outcomes.

Implication for practice:

NP practices are continuing to develop and are contributing to increased access to health care and improved health outcomes in NZ.

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