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About us

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.


Dreaming big enabled this nurse to open her own GP practice

Kim Carter is a nurse who co-owns a GP practice in Temuka

General practice nurse, Kim Carter co-owns a successful GP practice in Temuka.

When Kim Carter graduated from Wintec in 1989, prospects for nurses in New Zealand were dire due to a national hiring freeze and nursing strikes taking place around the country.

This contrasted with a global nursing shortage around the world.

“After graduating, I applied to almost every hospital and rest home in New Zealand but couldn’t get work – along with most of my classmates. Then I saw an advertisement in the Waikato Times offering graduate nursing positions in a Sydney Hospital. I applied and was soon on my way to Sydney with 70 other Kiwi nurses.”

The nurses became part of a graduate nursing programme where they completed two six-month placements, spent one day a week undertaking professional development and clinical learning whilst also receiving valuable supervision and mentoring.

“When I look back, I was extraordinarily lucky. At the time, there was nothing like it in New Zealand and it really was an excellent start to my nursing career.”

She spent two years in Sydney before her next move. With the global nursing shortage still occurring, American hospitals were recruiting Australian and New Zealand nurses at an expo that Carter attended.

“On the spot I was offered a nursing job in Hawaii and I flew there with a plane full of nurses where we were hosted for a week while we studied up on American nursing. We were then flown to San Francisco to sit exams and back to Australia to wait for our exam results.”

She passed the exam and eight weeks later was back on a plane to Hawaii.

“It really was an incredible opportunity. It paid well, and we could choose what speciality to nurse in and choose our own shifts. We were each given our own fully furnished one-bedroom apartment and were transported to and from work.”

She spent two years nursing in Hawaii and before transferring elsewhere in the United States to work another five years. After nine years working overseas, she returned home to New Zealand to spend time with her sick grandmother and a nursing position at Waikato Hospital, working in the surgical ward before successfully applying for a charge nurse role.

Not one to shy away from an opportunity, Carter went on to become Clinical Nurse Director at Middlemore and then moved south to be Director of Nursing at South Canterbury DHB.

“I enjoyed both those roles, but I missed hands-on nursing so took a summer off to decide what to do next. A friend recommended I try working in a GP practice as that was an area I’d never worked in so I gave it a go and before morning tea on my first day I had fallen in love with nursing in general practice.”

For five years, she worked part-time in the GP practice in Geraldine, covering shifts and doing some consulting work on the side.

“I realised that there was no reason I couldn’t own and run a GP practice myself. I fundamentally believe it takes both doctors and nurses working together to achieve the best possible care for patients so I approached a GP I had a great relationship with, and we bought a rural GP practice in Temuka.”

Wood Street Surgery opened in Temuka in September 2010 and by the end of its first year had enrolled 800 additional patients.

“We had lots of patients follow us from the Geraldine practice and I thought everyone was following Kirsty – the GP and my business partner. It was such a revelation when a patient first told me that they had moved to Wood Street because of me. For the first time, I felt like I was doing something truly meaningful.”

Looking after patients’ health needs is a strong motivation for Carter, who sees patients four days a week. As co-owner and co-director, she also manages staff, financial and HR matters to ensure the business runs smoothly.

“It wasn’t always easy. When we opened, I didn’t know any other nurses who owned GP practices, so I didn’t have anyone in the same position to talk to.”

“In my career I’ve put my hands up for things even if I wasn’t completely ready. I always trusted my nursing skill set to make it work. I’ve applied for many jobs that I didn’t get. You can’t let yourself get knocked down and you don’t know what opportunities will arise through putting yourself out there. As a nurse you shouldn’t be afraid to change what you specialise in and try new things.”

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:
Flying high as an ICU nurse
A passion for Māori health sees study mates become workmates
Midwife says New Zealand has the best training in the world

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020


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