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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.

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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.


Wintec earns gold standard accreditation for workplace wellbeing

Wintec is the first workplace in the Waikato to be awarded Gold Standard WorkWell Accreditation

Wellbeing expos, events and surveys by WorkWell were part of the three-year accreditation journey at Wintec.

Wintec is the first workplace in the Waikato to be awarded Gold Standard WorkWell Accreditation, having demonstrated all the successful components of a sustained health and wellbeing programme.

The award is the result of a three-year journey with Workwell. Wintec partnered with the WorkWell wellbeing programme in 2017, launching the partnership with a series of wellbeing expos and delivering on agreed wellbeing goals. Wintec was assessed by WorkWell through staff feedback, evidence and site visits.

Confirming the award, WorkWell Assessor Suha Wahab congratulated Wintec on being “the first Waikato workplace to achieve Gold Standard WorkWell Accreditation”.

“Wintec is definitely functioning the way we would hope to see a Gold Standard workplace support staff wellbeing at this level.”

Wintec Chief Executive, David Christiansen says a key area of focus has been regular communication with staff throughout the wellbeing journey which has been driven by Wintec’s People and Culture team. It’s also a top priority for the Wintec Board.

“As a place where people work and learn, we have a big responsibility to embed and sustain a safe, healthy and positive workplace, and this accreditation acknowledges that our staff and their wellness is valued here at Wintec,” Christiansen says.

“Working towards better wellbeing and acknowledging diversity and inclusion is ongoing mahi. It’s a two-way  process and a  work in progress, and  while, yes I am thrilled we achieved this milestone, it’s important we continue on this journey, and listening and actively responding to staff is a big part of that.”

Christiansen also acknowledges the challenges of last year where Wintec teaching and learning went online, often in challenging situations because of Covid-19 alert level changes.

“It was a particularly tough year for everyone in so many ways, so earning this accreditation says a lot about our Wintec whānau, the commitment we have to wellness and their safety, and the responsibilities that go beyond our campuses to support wellbeing.”

Wintec Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director, Katria Raffan says that now Wintec has reached Workwell Gold status, the partnership will continue for the next two years before the next assessment in 2023.  

“This isn’t a case of “We won gold, let’s put it on the wall”. To maintain our Gold status , Workwell require us to continue to make improvements, show evidence and improve our results. We have been provided great recommendations for continuous improvement from the WorkWell panel and we’re also keen to hear new ideas and initiatives from our staff and students.”

Wintec Board Chair, Niwa Nuri says, “the Wintec Board is extremely proud of this latest wellness accreditation”.

“We have fully supported the journey that Wintec staff have taken to achieve this. Improving and maintaining good standards of wellbeing for our staff has been a strategic priority for us at a governance level, and it is great to see these efforts independently and externally recognised.  We look forward to working with the team on our journey of continuous improvement.”

WorkWell Gold accreditation is the latest in Wintec’s string of accolades for excellence.

In 2020 Wintec became the first education provider in New Zealand to receive the GenderTick, showing a commitment to gender equality in the workplace.

Wintec received the Innovation Award at the YWCA Equal Pay Awards in 2019, recognising the Wintec Industry Sharing Experience (WISE) programme which allows staff and students to form valuable partnerships with employers through industry secondments and teaching partnerships.

Katrina Van de Ven, Wintec’s Executive Director People and Culture, was honoured as the 2019 New Zealand HR Manager of the Year by the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ).

In 2018 Wintec’s commitment to creating equal pay opportunities was  acknowledged with a Best Practice Compact award at the YWCA Equal Pay Awards.

Some other organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand to be awarded Gold Accreditation by Workwell are: Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Fulton Hogan – Bay of Plenty, Korowai Aroha, Metlifecare Bayswater, Pederson Group, Rotorua Lakes Council and Toi Te Ora Public Health.

Read more:
A tick for gender equality at Wintec
Equal Pay Awards name Wintec a winning workplace for women
What drives NZ’s HR Manager of the Year?
Wintec awarded for being an equal pay employer