Apply to extend ākonga time in the School High Health Needs Fund

We review ākonga in the School High Health Needs Fund to ensure that they continue to require the support. This page informs you about the review process and how you can apply to extend access to the fund.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Educators, Teachers and Kaiako
  • Learning Support Coordinators and SENCOs
  • Learning Support Specialist Staff
  • Specialist Health Workers
  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Disability Sector
  • Mātua, Caregivers

About the review process

The School High Health Needs Fund (SHHNF) supports ākonga | students with their health needs at school. It helps them learn to manage their own care needs to the best of their ability and as quickly as possible.

  • Most ākonga develop self-awareness and independence in managing their health care needs.
  • A number of ākonga may have moderate needs for support and supervision, and are unlikely to meet the eligibility requirements for SHHNF.
  • A very small number of ākonga may need the fund’s support throughout their education. 

Whānau and school will be sent a reminder letter about 1 term before the time in the fund is due to finish. Letters will not be sent for ākonga who were included in the SHHNF for a short time only.

We review ākonga in the fund on receipt of a SHHNF review application.

Before applying, remember to check the eligibility criteria and read examples of ākonga meeting the eligibility criteria for the fund.

Eligibility criteria for the SHHNF

Examples of ākonga meeting the eligibility criteria for the SHHNF

Oversights and prompts are considered moderate health needs and not at the 'high health' level required to continue accessing SHHNF.

A SHHNF review application should also be completed for ākonga whose time in the fund finished within the last 12 months.

Apply for a review

Educators must complete the SHHNF review application form with help from mātua | parents or caregivers and your local Ministry office. This will get all the necessary information on the current health condition and needs of an ākonga.

Download a review application form and complete the:

  • ākonga information
  • health needs information
  • declaration
  • medical statement.

Learn more about the medical statement:

Medical statement

You will also need to provide:

  • daily records for the last term
  • a current care plan (if there is one)
  • a health care plan (where relevant).

You will need to make sure all requested information is provided before you submit your application. We are unable to accept incomplete applications.

Once you have completed the form, scan it and any documentation, and email it to

Please do not email directly from a scanner as we may not receive the application.

Next steps

You will receive an auto-response when the application is received. If you do not receive an auto-response, check your junk/spam folder. You will only receive an auto-acknowledgement for your first email.

Each individual application will receive a formal acknowledgment within 5 working days of receipt. There may be delays at peak application times.

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