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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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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

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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.

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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.


It really is the best job in the world says midwife and teacher

Midwife and teacher De Cleaver says she has the best job in the world

Wintec teacher and midwife, De Cleaver keeps her clinical practice current by continuing her midwifery practice.


Caring for a woman who had adopted her child and induced lactation was such a profound experience, it led to a career turning point for Hamilton-based midwife De Cleaver.

What happened next led to a career at Wintec where she has discovered a love of teaching - midwifery of course.

“Caring for that adoptive mother was such a profound experience, I decided to write about it. I submitted my abstract to the New Zealand College of Midwives and was asked to present at their biannual conference. After the presentation I was approached by a Wintec midwifery tutor who suggested I apply for a teaching role at Wintec. Until that moment I’d never even considered teaching.”

That was almost four years ago and she now mainly teaches on the first and third year of the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

“I absolutely love teaching. The best thing about midwifery is the partnership and connection you share with women and whānau. Now I get to share that connection and journey with my students. I feel so privileged to be a midwife and teacher. It can be hard sometimes, but it really is the best job in the world.”

This change in career hasn’t been without its own set of challenges.

“I didn’t have much experience public speaking and had to overcome my nerves around speaking to large groups. I still get nervous with first year students that I haven’t met before,” she admits.

“People learn in different ways and it can be hard meeting everyone’s needs in class and making sure that my teaching is relevant and makes sense to everyone. Creating a safe and inclusive space is important to me”

These challenges faded into oblivion when she saw her students graduate at Wintec’s Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa Marae graduation in March this year.

“We’ve been on a transformative and uplifting journey together over the last three years and seeing the pride and joy on the students’ faces at graduation was special.”

A Bachelor of Midwifery graduate herself; Cleaver was one of 56 students in Wintec’s very first intake of midwifery in 1996.

“I was studying social sciences and women’s studies at university when I fell pregnant at 20. My first birth was prior to midwifery autonomy. I read a lot and had a birth plan which was unusual back then. There were no informed choice and consent in those days.”

“It got me thinking about midwifery as a career option but I wanted to wait for midwifery autonomy and direct entry training.”

By the time Wintec began offering a midwifery programme in 1996, Cleaver was a mother to two young children. She gave birth to her second child at home, an experience she loved and after she graduated, she chose to specialise in home births. She had a third baby shortly into her career, also born at home.

 “Home birthing has always been my focus and passion. For a well woman with a well baby, birthing at home is the safest place to birth.

“Home birth happens in the woman’s space and it is the best place for women to birth in the way she wants to, surrounded by the people she wants there.

Now a grandmother of five, she has helped bring all her grandchildren into the world and a few nieces.

“It’s such an honour to support family at these beautiful life-changing moments. Supporting my eldest daughter in her birthing and seeing her become a mother has been one of the highlights of my midwifery career.”

As well as working full-time at Wintec, she still takes on a small caseload of clients each year and mentors in the First Year of Practice Programme for newly registered midwives.

“Continuing to practise midwifery while I teach, helps keep my clinical practice current and fresh.
Being a midwife fills my heart and makes me a better teacher, midwifery is a calling, not just a job.”

Find out more about studying midwifery 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:
Dreaming big enabled this nurse to open her own GP practice
Flying high as an ICU nurse
A passion for Māori health sees study mates become workmates

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020




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