Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care with optional endorsements in Pacific Health and Nursing, Māori Health and Nursing, Child/Youth Health, Mental Health and Addiction, Nursing, Older Adult Health, Palliative Care, Perioperative, Primary Health, and Paramedicine
Qualification Type Postgraduate Diploma
Level 8
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Health » Nursing » Nursing
Strategic Purpose Statement
The programme has been designed for experienced health and social professionals to support

the development of enhanced practice and leadership to better meet the health needs of

populations in Aotearoa New Zealand. The graduate will have advanced knowledge and skills

within their specialty area of practice.

The programme aims to ensure that health and social practice professionals can contribute to

meeting the demand for services that integrate cultural practices, concepts and diverse world

views into high-quality, evidence informed health services.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the qualification will have:

1. Advanced knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary practice and service delivery issues and strategic policy priorities as they relate to people's health and well-being.

2. The ability to review and judiciously utilise research to advocate for best practice innovation which challenges poor population health outcomes.

3. The ability to recognise gaps in practice knowledge and to seek solutions to complex and unpredictable health issues within policy, funding and service delivery parameters.

4. Leadership and management skills that are able to be applied in operational and local

contexts.

5. A sophisticated knowledge of the way power relations can operate to marginalise minority perspectives and to become an informed advocate for equitable access to culturally appropriate and ethical health care for populations.
Education pathways
Graduates may progress to

· the Whitireia and WelTec Master of Professional Practice

· other Master's programmes in New Zealand or overseas.
Employment pathways
Graduates will have an advanced qualification equipping them for career advancement in clinical, management and/or policy leadership positions.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
· Bachelor's degree or equivalent

· International or EAL: IELTS 6.5 in every band,

· Registered Nurse, Registered Paramedic or associated with a relevant professional body,

· Currently practising in the specialty area.
Education Organisation Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Developed By Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2829
Status Current
Created March 2015
Last Reviewed October 2017
Next Review December 2020
Content
Content includes clinical leadership; specialty practice; Pacific health; Maukakala:

epistemologies. Health service policy, systems, and practice development; Su'esu'e Manogi; Te

Puna Hauora; child/youth health; mental health and addiction; forensic practice, contemporary

nursing praxis; older adult health; palliative care; perioperative care; primary health;

Provider Credits 120 DAS Credits 0

EFTS Value 1 Part Time X Full Time X

paramedicine; advanced assessment and clinical reasoning; contemporary health care practice/ models of care; research in specialty practice; pathophysiology for health professionals; applied pharmacology for health professionals.

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