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STUDY SUPPORT AGREEMENT (SSA) 2016


Fees Grant for the Massey University Certificate in Public Health 


Study Support Agreement (pdf version)


Important:  In order for an application for a fees grant and travel subsidies to be considered, the following must be completed:
  1. The online electronic application form.
  2. The Manager Approval Process to support the online application (approval email sent to Manager once application form is submitted by applicant)
  3. The Ministry must receive a posted or scanned hard copy of a completed Study Support Agreement signed by a Manager with appropriate authority.  Please send this to:
Project Manager, Public Health Workforce Development
Public Health Group, National Services Purchasing, Ministry of Health
Private Bag 92522
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141
Email: feesgrants@moh.govt.nz


Background: Building the Capability of the Public Health Workforce


The latest public health workforce survey[1] showed approximately 29% of the public health workforce in New Zealand holds a public health qualification, which provides an opportunity to lift the capability of the whole public health sector.
 
The Ministry of Health (the Ministry) has set an aspirational goal for 75% of those people working in public health roles to have appropriate public health qualifications by 2018. After consultation with the public health sector the Ministry, in association with Massey University[2], developed a Certificate in Public Health (CertPubHlth) to contribute to increasing the number of public health employees holding appropriate public health qualifications.
 
The Ministry is pleased to provide a number of fees grants to cover the costs of the CertPubHlth being offered by the Massey University School of Public Health in 2016. The fees grant is paid directly to Massey University by the Ministry.    
 

Fees Grants


To be eligible for a fees grant your employee(s) must work in a public health role and you must agree to meet the terms in Parts A, B and C of this Agreement.
 
Part A: Student Support sets out your support for your employee(s) to complete the CertPubHlth.
 
Part B: Withdrawal or not completed course of study and funding recovery sets out your obligation to refund the Ministry the fees grant(s) paid to Massey University in the event that your employee(s) withdraws from, or does not complete, the CertPubHlth course.
 
Part C: Change to employee(s) position of employment sets out your requirement to notify the Ministry in the event your employee(s) changes their role within or ceases employment with, your organisation.
 

Part A: Student Support (please circle the relevant option)

1.  Career development

You have talked with your employee(s) and ascertained that the CertPubHlth is the most appropriate public health qualification for them, and is a good fit for their career aspirations.                                              

Yes/No

  2.  Integration of CertPubHlth learning

You have reviewed the CertPubHlth programme and:
  • discussed learning goals with your employee(s) for the CertPubHlth course 
  • agreed and planned with your employee(s) how the course work and assignments could be integrated into their job/ roles, including providing additional opportunities for this to occur.
Yes/No

3.  Contact Course Attendance for CertPubHlth

Attendance at every contact course for the CertPubHlth is mandatory for students to pass the course. There are three short block courses in the programme.[3]  You will ensure your employee(s):
  • has paid time to attend contact courses
  • is not required to attend work events during contact course days 
  • has funding for transport and accommodation.
Yes/No

N.B.
A limited number of travel subsidies up to a maximum of $1,000 per student per annum are also available for Non-Government Organisation (NGO) employees who need to fly to attend the CertPubHlth contact courses in Auckland or Wellington (limited to those more than 200 km away).
 
 
Part B: Withdrawal or not completed course of study and funding recovery
 
In the event your employee(s) withdraws or does not complete the course, you (the employer) will be obligated to refund the Ministry:
  • the full fees grant, and
  • the balance of any travel subsidy (if granted) for travel not taken by your employee(s) at time of withdrawal from the course.
Yes/No

The Ministry may waive any refund payable by you if:
  • the withdrawal or non-completion is due to extenuating circumstances i.e. illness to the employee(s) or member of their family, and
  • your employee(s) has adhered to Massey University's ‘withdrawal from course’ processes and dates.[4]
  Yes/No

If you believe that there are extenuating circumstances for not refunding the fees grant to the Ministry, please send a written notification to the Ministry[5] with information for consideration by the Ministry.                           


Part C: Change to employee(s) position of employment or employee(s) ceases employment with your organisation
 
In the event your employee(s) changes their position of employment (including a change in role within your organisation) or ceases their employment with your organisation, you (the employer) will notify the Ministry in writing within one month of these changes.
 
You should get written permission from your employee(s) to permit you to obtain and forward the relevant information about the changes to the Ministry. 

Yes/No


Contacting the Ministry


All communication including refunds payable to the Ministry is to be sent to:  

Project Manager, Public Health Workforce Development
Public Health Group, National Services Purchasing
Ministry of Health, Private Bag 92522                       
Wellesley Street, Auckland, 1141
Email: feesgrants@moh.govt.nz
 

Employee Name: ………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Organisation: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..

I ……………………………. (name) / or ………………………...(Organisation’s name) acknowledge that I/We agree to the terms of this Study Support Agreement.

Authorised Manager:            

Name and Position:………………………………………………………………...

Signature:…………………………………………………………………………….

 Date:…………………………………………………………………………………..
 


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[1] Wyllie, A. & Howearth, J. (2012). Public Health Workforce Development Survey: Research Report for Head Strategic on Behalf of the Ministry of Health. Auckland: Phoenix Research
[2] Massey won the competitive tender from the Ministry to deliver the CertPubHlth
[3] http://www.publichealthworkforce.org.nz/FAQs---The-Certificate-in-Public-Health_212.aspx#ContactCourses
[4] http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/enrolment/change_withdraw_study.cfm#withdrawok
[5] Notify the Ministry the same time as notification to Massey University as per ‘dates for withdrawal from course.’
 

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