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Heart Foundation Nursing Training Fellowship first of a kind

The Heart Foundation has announced funding for a new nursing training fellowship of $25,000 to be awarded in 2020.

nursing fellowship, Heart Foundation

The Nurse Practitioner Training Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease is intended to support nurses, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, to complete an approved clinical master’s degree programme for the nurse practitioner scope of practice in the field of cardiovascular disease.

Since 1968, the Heart Foundation has awarded more than $74 million to fund specialist training for cardiologists and life-saving research projects into heart disease – New Zealand’s single biggest killer.

This is the first fellowship available for nursing practitioners in the field of cardiovascular disease and the Heart Foundation’s Medical Director, Dr Gerry Devlin, says it’s exciting to offer this new training opportunity.

“Made possible by the generosity of our supporters who have provided donations and financial support, we are excited to announce the new nursing training fellowship,” says Devlin.

“Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer. With our ongoing commitment to supporting research, we can keep saving lives and improve the quality of life for the 180,000 New Zealanders living with heart disease.”

“We’ve come a long way since we started our work with a 75 per cent reduction in deaths from heart disease. But heart disease still claims more than 6,000 lives in New Zealand each year and one preventable death is one too many.  Heart disease also impacts significantly on the day to day activities of Kiwis.”

Details of the Heart Foundation Nurse Practitioner Training fellowship application requirements along with all other research grant opportunities for 2020 can be found online at the Heart Foundation’s Research Grants page at