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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.

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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 and master's for health and social practice

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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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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.


Pasifika scholarship winners aim to address inequality in NZ health system

Four Pacific health students with a passion for social justice are the recipients of the inaugural Leaupepe Elisapeta (Peta) Karalus Scholarship at Wintec

The recipients of the inaugural Leaupepe Elisapeta (Peta) Karalus Scholarship at Wintec (left to right) Wintec Chief Executive David Christiansen, Tia Mihaere, recipient Jeremii Lavasi’i’s brother Chris Lavasi’i, Ioana Marsters, Merelita Momo and Peta Karalus. Photo by Stephen Barker.

Four Pacific health students with a passion for social justice are the recipients of the inaugural Leaupepe Elisapeta (Peta) Karalus Scholarship at Wintec, Hamilton.

Named after respected Pasifika health practitioner and advocate Leaupepe Peta Karalus, the scholarship is a recognition of her significant contribution to Pasifika communities in the Waikato.

Announced late last year, the scholarship shows a commitment from Wintec to creating more opportunities for Pasifika learners to study with fewer obstacles.

Ioana Marsters (Cook Islands), Merelita Momo (Fiji), Tia Mihaere (Kiribati and Māori), and Jeremii Lavasi’i (Samoa), are each the recipients of the scholarship that pays for tuition fees to complete a degree in the areas of health and social practice at Wintec.

The value of each award varies but is on average equal to the total sum of $30,000 per annum.

Awardees were chosen on the merit of their application, personal character, desire to achieve degree-level study and their involvement in cultural and community life.

The four award winners were formally recognised at a Pasifika community, staff and students’ fono held at Wintec on Wednesday. Karalus was present at the ceremony to meet the recipients of the scholarship and to present them with their awards.

Wintec Chief Executive David Christiansen spoke at the event about the barriers that Pasifika students have and continue to face in the New Zealand education system.  With the introduction of the scholarship, it is just one way that Wintec is working towards equity and better outcomes for its Pasifika students and their communities.

Recipient Ioana Marsters is using her scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work, where she hopes to contribute to the future of Pasifika communities and to address the inequalities many Pacific Islanders face in the health system.

“My personal motivation for choosing social work as a career centres around a strong sense of social justice that has been instilled in me by my parents and extended whānau,” says Marsters, whose mother was also a nurse.

“I have a particular interest in addressing the inequalities I have seen Pasifika families struggle with. Advocacy and support seem to be hard to access for many families who struggle to navigate the complex health system.”

Imbued with a similar sense of justice is Merelita Momo, who is studying in the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

“I have a strong urge to care and help those who are vulnerable,” explains Momo.

“I want to use my abilities to continue to help anyone that is vulnerable. I’m inspired to go into a career where I can constantly help people overcome problems, and to work towards building a stronger and healthier community.”

Tia Mihaere, who mother was also a nurse, is a proud member of her I-Kiribati community, and has strong connection to both her Kiribati and Māori heritage, “walking tall in both worlds” as she describes it.

Mihaere, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing programme, says that “although the health system works hard to meet the needs of all, I see a disparity and misrepresentation in the workforce for a lot of Pasifika and Māori people.”

“In becoming a nurse, I aim to create awareness, offer excellence and connect further with my community,” she adds.

For Jeremii Pauletta Lavasi’i, who is also enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing programme, receiving the scholarship will create a better environment for him to pursue study and to focus on spending time with his family, something that he hasn’t been able to do as much from having to work to fund his studies.

He says his “ultimate goal is to work in the community as a public health nurse and to use the skills I have learned in my community.”

Three of the recipients began their first year of study this year, and one student is already part way through their degree.

Applications for the next round of the Leaupepe Elisapeta (Peta) Karalus Scholarships open in June this year.

Discover more about studying  Health and Social Practice at Wintec.

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