Thames Information Session | Health and Wellbeing
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This programme is designed to extend and deepen an individual’s professional practice and apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of fields of health and social practice which include, but is not limited to physiotherapy, occupational therapy,
nursing, midwifery, social work, counselling and human services. It will offer learning opportunities designed to inform your practice and develop valued knowledge in Treaty-based practice. You will learn and grow professionally while undertaking interactive and experiential-based education.
This postgraduate diploma will extend students' existing qualifications and will allow higher-level professional development that is interprofessional. Students will gain the skills to develop, analyse and generate solutions to complex and sometimes unpredictable problems. This qualification is relevant to practitioners from a wide range of practice contexts, and the resulting interprofessional interaction of health and social services practitioners will enhance and strengthen service delivery in the region.
An interprofessional context will enable graduates to extend their capacity for critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership, and management in complex professional environments.
Candidates may take up to three years to complete the postgraduate diploma. This programme is delivered by a combination of block courses and online.
This programme will not lead to New Zealand health or social service professional registration.
The Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice Mental Health and Addiction endorsement is a DAPAANZ Accreditation Programme and will meet the educational requirements for DAPAANZ registration.
Each candidate’s programme of study shall comprise of modules as specified in Section 7 of the regulations, totalling 120 credits, as follows:
a) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice are required to complete the core module in Group A and three elective modules from Group D for a total of 120 credits.
b) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Professional Supervision) are required to complete the core module in Group A, the two core modules in Group B, and one elective module from Group D (excluding HSIP810 and HSIP811) for a total of 120 credits.
c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Midwifery) are required to complete the core module in Group A, the two core modules in Group C, and one elective module from Group D (excluding HSHS815 and HSHS816) for a total of 120 credits.
d) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Mental Health and Addiction) are required to complete the core module in Group A and the three core modules in Group E for a total of 120 credits.
Group A: Core modules – Health and Social Practice
|Module code||Module name||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
|HSIP807||Professional Practice in Context||8||30|
Group D: Elective Modules
|Module Code||Module Name||Level||Credits||Pre-Requisites||Co-Requisites|
|HSIP801||Leadership and Management in Professional Practice I||8||30|
|HSIP802||Leadership and Management in Professional Practice II||8||30||HSIP801|
|HSIP803||Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice||8||30|
|HSIP804||Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision||8||30|
|HSIP805||Evidence and Inquiry in Practice||8||30|
|HSIP808||Research for Practice||8||30|
|HSIP810||Professional Supervision 1||8||30|
|HSIP811||Professional Supervision 2||8||30||HSIP810|
|HSIP815||Supervised Critical Enquiry||8||30||Two modules at level 8|
|HSIP816||Mental Health and Addiction Practice||8||30|
|HSHS807||Care of the Older Person||8||30|
|HSHS811||Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand||8||30|
|HSHS815||Midwifery Praxis I||8||30|
|HSHS816||Midwifery Praxis II||8||30||HSHS815|
|NURS807||Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice||8||30|
|An approved level 8 module from another Wintec postgraduate programme|
Group E: Core modules – Mental Health and Addiction
Note: Not all modules may be offered every year. Some modules will also be offered in Tauranga.
The aim of this programme is to provide you with greater capacity to work in specialised practitioner, practice leader, manager, educator, or researcher roles either in a student's current field or within specialised fields of practice which include: working with children and youth, the elderly, people with disabilities, refugees and migrants and in the area of mental health. Graduates can become skilled in a new field, or further advance their current specialisation.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice will position graduates well to move into Masters level qualifications at other New Zealand universities.
On 11 October 2021, the Government announced that the ‘groups of affected persons’ in the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 (Order) will be extended to include high-risk workers in the health and disability sector, school and early learning staff, and support people who have contact with children and students. The effect of this is that vaccination will soon be mandatory for health and education workforces, which will extend to those seeking to work within those sectors on placement.
To complete this programme of study, it is necessary to complete placement hours. With the introduction of the Order, we cannot guarantee health or education placements for learners who are not vaccinated or do not wish to share their vaccination status and who will not, therefore, be able to successfully complete the programme.
a) Candidates are required to have gained:
i. an undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Programme Manager, or
ii. a qualification approved as equivalent by the Programme Manager.
b) Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an ad eundum statem basis.
c) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice, (Professional Supervision), and the Postgraduate Certificates in Professional Supervision are required to have a minimum of two years post qualifying experience in their professional field of practice or the equivalent. This is in recognition of the requirement to have consolidated and developed their own practice to a level sufficient to embark in the role of supervisor of others.
d) Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice (Midwifery) and the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery are required to:
i. be registered with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand; and
ii. hold a current Annual Practising Certificate; and
iii. have a minimum of one-year post-qualifying experience in midwifery practice (or the equivalent as approved by the selection committee).
iv. and be in practice for an average minimum of 16 hours per week over a year.
a) In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students may be subjected to safety checks. These may include but are not limited to;
i. A Formal Interview
ii. Referee Checks
iii. A Police Vet Check
iv. A Risk Assessment
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study.
Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.
b) All candidates are required to supply the names and contact details of two professional referees.
c) All candidates are required to complete a professional disclosure form.
d) Candidates may be required to attend an individual interview.
English language requirementsCandidates whose first language is neither English nor Māori are required to have score of 7 or better in all bands of the academic International English Language Test Score (IELTS), or equivalent and will be required to demonstrate the likelihood of being able to successfully achieve programme learning outcomes.
To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.
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Welcome information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before the first workshop day or the start date of your online course.
Please also read the information below about what you need for your first day.
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Your course outline, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.
We require students to have access to use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an antivirus program, and have access to the internet. For the Pharmacology Module: Scopia is required.
We invite you to view the information at the following link to introduce you to the Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Moodle site: learning.wintec.ac.nz.
Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
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