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He hapori rapu i te taumata o te mātauranga, me te rangahau. A community of inter-professional learning and research.

If you are committed to improving people’s lives and a vocation where you can make a difference, the opportunities offered by the Centre for Health and Social Practice are endless. As part of this centre, you will be part of a community that is dedicated to social care, health, well-being and protection.

The programmes we offer lead to hands-on careers and our teaching reflects this. You will have access to real-world simulated learning and the latest technology, with opportunities for interprofessional education to learn from other professions and improve all-round care. Our experienced and registered tutors genuinely care about your success and will guide you on your way.

We know the needs of our stakeholders are always changing, so we deliver fit-for-purpose programmes that are responsive to changes in the health and social practice sectors. We value inclusion, diversity, and the achievement of potential in all of our staff and students. We are committed to social justice, and our treaty partnership between Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi underpins everything we do.

Study with us

Now is the time to turn your passion for people into a career.

In the world of health and social practice you will be challenged, inspired, and rewarded – sometimes all at once. We will give you the skills and knowledge to change the world. Be the graduate everyone is looking for.


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Postgraduate nursing

Health and social practice pathway diagram

Postgraduate nursing

Postgraduate nursing pathway diagram
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Subject areas



Postgraduate and master's for health and social practice

Short courses/professional programmes

Our facilities

The Centre for Health and Social Practice facilities are designed for students to get the most out of their learning. The latest technology is made available to put theoretical knowledge into practice. Students can expect environments such as a simulated ward with computerised patient models who assume real health issues. We value diversity and inclusion; facilities are designed to encourage interprofessional learning between health and social care, with opportunities for interaction between staff and students.

Get involved

Be part of our community and see how we can work together.

The Centre for Health and Social Practice maintains close relationships with the industry and professional bodies that graduates register with. Our staff are experienced in their fields and are continuously active in health and social practice research. Our students are taught with a focus on the practical elements of healthcare and are encouraged to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world learning environments. Each year students will gain credit for undertaking placements, internships, or volunteer work in their field. 


Our teaching approach is focused on the practical side of learning and we understand the benefits of real-world work environments for our students’ learning. Students in the Centre for Health and Social Practice spend time across their programmes in work placements for credit. The amount of time spent on placement varies according to qualification and year; first year students will spend approximately a quarter of the year doing work placement while third year students will spend most of their time on placement.


Experience is the best teacher for this nurse educator

Maureen Kelly is a nurse educator at Wintec

Thirty years ago, young nurse Maureen Kelly left New Zealand with just a suitcase, en-route to the United Kingdom for an overseas adventure. She returned eight years later with a husband, two children, and a passion for nurse education.

In her 34-year career, she has worked as an intellectual disability nurse in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, as a registered nurse in clinical practice, as a nurse educator and nursing school manager.

An impressive resume for someone who left school unsure of what to do. 

“I knew I wanted to work with people and, whilst searching for career options, found information on psychopaedic (intellectual disability) nursing. It was different to other types of nursing and I thought it would be an interesting challenge,” she says.

“My Mum and I visited Tokanui Hospital which was very overwhelming for a rural girl like myself who hadn’t come across many people with intellectual disabilities. But I saw that I could help make a difference to these people’s lives.”

After completing a three-year nurse training programme at Mangere Hospital in Auckland in the mid 1980’s, Kelly worked at Tokanui Hospital before embarking on her OE.

Her first role in the UK was as a registered nurse at a hospital in Bromsgrave in England’s Midlands region.

“I was promoted to charge nurse at just 23-years-old which was a huge leap and a massive learning curve.”

It was in the UK that Kelly was first drawn to nurse education. After completing her Diploma in Nursing, she heard about a new programme where registered nurses could complete a Bachelor’s degree in Nurse Education, an opportunity she couldn’t resist.

Kelly returned to New Zealand with her family in the mid 1990's and studied Wintec’s Bachelor of Nursing, enabling her to work in any area of nursing in New Zealand.

A few more years of hands-on nursing and education roles including five years as Director of the School of Nursing and Health Studies at Waiariki Institute of Technology (now Toi Ohomai) led to a dream job as Education and Standards Manager at the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

“It was a real highlight to work at the Nursing Council and I was privileged to work across New Zealand visiting different nursing schools and district health boards. The knowledge, experience and contacts from that role has helped me immensely.”

For the last two-and-a-half years, she has worked at Wintec’s Centre for Health and Social Practice, teaching and developing postgraduate nursing and health programmes. She is also helping to develop a new nursing programme for the School of Nursing in Kiribati. 

“I enjoy the flexibility of my job and the different parts of the role. One day I can be facilitating Wintec’s Preceptor Course with registered practice nurses and the next day I’ll be working with stakeholders developing a new programme. No two days are the same and this keeps me on my toes and connected with what is happening in nursing and healthcare.”

During her career, Kelly has seen some monumental changes to nurse education in New Zealand.

“I’m in a unique position as I have experienced being a student in both the hospital-based training system of the 1980’s and the polytechnic-based model we now use. There are advantages and disadvantages to both systems, however the level of knowledge and understanding of nurses coming through the polytechnic programme is far more advanced than the old hospital training system. Nurses now have a better understanding of why they are doing things and using their clinical judgement.”

During her time studying and working as a registered nurse, she has also seen nursing qualifications progress from a certificate to a diploma and to the current Bachelor’s degree.

Kelly was involved in the programme development for Wintec’s Master of Nursing Science, a pre-registration nursing programme for people who already have a degree to study a Master’s degree to gain registration as a registered nurse, which launched in July last year.

“Other huge innovations in nursing include the Nurse Practitioner scope of practice which allows registered nurses to practice autonomously and prescribe medication after undertaking a Master of Nursing. And registered nurses with three years’ experience can complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and become qualified to prescribe medication as part of a collaborative team,” she adds.

Find out more about studying nursing at Wintec.

This year 2020 is the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. This story is part of a series where nurses and midwives who have graduated from or worked with Wintec tell their stories.

Read more:
Nursing began at 40 for this career changer and she isn’t looking back
The full circle: from student to midwifery mentor
A message to our nurses in 2020

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020


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