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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

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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.


New scholarships enable Māori health professionals to earn while they learn

Six Māori healthcare workers are upskilling at Wintec thanks to a new partnership with Waikato DHB

Waikato District Health Board psychiatric assistants (L to R) Dirk Fletcher, Tiana Tuuta, Johno Elliot, Jan Heta, Rangi Stevenson and Vereene Elliot are in their first year of study to become registered nurses thanks to a new partnership with Wintec to upskill Māori healthcare workers.

Six Māori psychiatric assistants are now studying their way to a degree-level nursing qualification at Wintec that will progress their careers and create potential for better Māori mental health support.

The six new Wintec students all work for Waikato District Health Board (Waikato DHB). They are the first to  gain access to 15 fully funded scholarships thanks to a collaboration with Waikato DHB and Wintec.  Wintec has made all tuition available fees-free  in partnership with the Waikato DHB Mental Health Service who have provided a supported ‘earn while you learn’ opportunity for their Māori staff. 

Waikato DHB Executive Director Māori, Equity and Health Improvement, Riki Nia Nia (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Kahungunu, Tonga) is passionate and a champion for growing and developing the Māori health workforce. Last year he met with Wintec to explore possibilities to upskill Māori working in health and address areas of need.

“If we are to effectively care for the community we serve then it is important we have a workforce that reflects that population. That requires us to have Māori practitioners at every level of the health workforce, including in clinical positions such as these.

“We are grateful to Wintec for the opportunity to partner with them on this initiative.”

The six new students have all been psychiatric assistants for many years and while upskilling is attractive, it has never been an option because of their work and whānau commitments. Making time for study while they continue to earn is a priority for these scholarships and Wintec Chief Executive David Christiansen says the opportunity to earn while they learn was critical in developing the scholarships.

“Waikato DHB has been really supportive in enabling these students to continue on their salaries, working in their roles and giving them the time to study. Taking away the barriers that have got in the way of their career progression is the kaupapa for these scholarships,” he says.

“Our role in this is to work with them and ensure we give them the best chance to succeed.”

Wintec Director Health and Social Practice, Professor Sharon Brownie says that as qualified registered nurses they will be able to provide a greater level of care within the Registered Nursing scope of practice, inclusive of ability to lead teams of mental health across communities.

Mental Health issues are high priority in our Māori communities and Professor Brownie says  that “by Māori for Māori” delivery is an enabling component of culturally aligned, quality healthcare”.

“It is a real privilege to work within this workforce development partnership - we are in discussion with high needs areas within the Waikato DHB and in June, we hope to have nine more healthcare assistants upskilling here at Wintec.”

Scholarship recipient, Vereene Elliott says the scholarship rōpū are passionate about the wellbeing of their communities.

“We are so grateful for the opportunity Wintec and Waikato DHB have given us to complete the Bachelor of Nursing. We are all enjoying the incorporation of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) through the Tihei Mauri Ora nursing programme and our rōpū are looking forward to bringing our skills and knowledge into the Māori clinical workforce when we graduate.”

Becoming a Registered Nurse is a great honour and a dream come true for fellow recipient and colleague Jan Heta who says it is “humbling to be given the opportunity to work and study at the same time”.

“It is a huge honour to receive this tohu. I would never have envisioned an opportunity such as this scholarship to be in arms reach. It has been a dream of mine to become a Registered Nurse but barriers such as financial pressures to study and work meant this was not an option.

 “I have worked under the umbrella of the Waikato DHB as one of many Māori psychiatric assistants on the floor for many years, and there are minimal clinical Māori staff. I am grateful, humble and will embrace this opportunity.”

The six all say they are grateful to Puawai: Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service and Adult Acute Service Operations Manager, Kylie Balzer who has tirelessly supported them throughout the process of taking on a work/study routine this year.

Find out more about studying nursing at Wintec.

Read more:
Enhancing cultural competency the Pasifika way
Māori staff and student scholarship winners aim to lead and inspire in their communities
Wintec responds to the growing need for more mental health and addiction practitioners


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