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Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Health and Social Practice with endorsements in Professional Supervision, Midwifery and Mental Health and Addiction


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • One year
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fee dependent on modules selected
  • Level 8
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


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.

What you will learn

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.

View programme modules

Group A: Core modules – Health and Social Practice

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
HSIP807Professional Practice in Context830  

Group B: Core modules – Professional Supervision

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 

Group C: Core modules – Midwifery

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis I830  
HSHS816Midwifery Praxis II830HSHS815 

Group D: Elective Modules

Module CodeModule NameLevelCreditsPre-Requisites Co-Requisites
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice I830  
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice II830HSIP801 
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice 830  
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision 830  
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice 830  
HSIP808Research for Practice830  
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP815Supervised Critical Enquiry830Two modules at level 8 
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  
HSHS807Care of the Older Person830  
HSHS811Transformative Praxis in Postcolonial Aotearoa New Zealand 830  
HSHS815Midwifery Praxis I 830  
HSHS816Midwifery Praxis II 830HSHS815 
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice 830  
 An approved level 8 module from another Wintec postgraduate programme    

Group E: Core modules – Mental Health and Addiction

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
HSIP817Advanced Practice Skills in Mental Health and Addiction830HSIP818 
HSIP818Applied Theoretical Approaches for Mental Health and Addiction  830  
HSIP819Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment Planning for Mental Health and Addiction830  


Note: Not all modules may be offered every year. Some modules will also be offered in Tauranga.

Career/further opportunities

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.


Entry criteria

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.

Selection criteria

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 requirements

Candidates 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.

Click here to view the Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students Table.

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Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Programme information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before your first workshop or at the start of your module.

What you will need

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All course information, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements 
We require students to have access to to a device, such as a laptop or a smartphone, that has access to a video player, PDF reader and Microsoft software. Find more about device specifications here. For the Pharmacology Module: Scopia is required.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

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.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Health status



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