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Qualification Title Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care (Pacific Health and Nursing, Māori Health and Nursing, Addiction, Child/Youth Health, Mental Health, Nursing, Older Adult Health, Palliative Care, Perioperative, Primary Health, Trauma and Emergency Care)
Qualification Type Postgraduate Diploma
Level 8
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Health » Nursing » Nursing
Strategic Purpose Statement
The programme has been designed for experienced health professionals to support development of enhanced leadership abilities to better meet the health needs of populations within the New Zealand context. The successful graduate of this programme will have advanced practice and leadership capability within their scope of practice.
Each endorsement contributes to the Government's objectives for the tertiary education and health sectors in relationship to their specific/specialty population. The endorsed programme also contributes to the New Zealand Health Strategy aims to ensure that halth workers meet the demand for services that integrate cultural practices, concepts and diverse world views into high-quality, evidence informed health services.
Graduate profile
The programme has been designed for experienced health professionals to support development of enhanced leadership abilities to better meet the health needs of populations within the Aotearoa New Zealand context. The successful graduate of this programme will have advanced practice and leadership capability within their scope of practice. Graduates will have: * 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. * The ability to review and judiciously utilise research to advocate for best practice innovation which challenges poor population health outcomes. * 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. * Leadership and management skills that are able to be applied in operational and local contexts. * 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. * Achieved the qualification outcomes within the context of their endorsement in relation to health and wellbeing of people, and whanau.
Education pathways
Graduates may be admitted into the Whitireia Master of Health Practice (currently under development) with credit or into other Master's programmes in New Zealand or overseas.
Employment pathways
Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Specialty Care in:
Pacific Health and Nursing will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of Pacific populations.
Māori Health and Nursing will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of Māori.
Addiction will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of people, whanau and families experiencing addiction.
Child/Youth Health will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of children/youth and their whanau and families.
Mental Health will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of people, whanau and families experiencing mental distress.
Nursing will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of all populations receiving nursing care.
Older Adult Health will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of aged care populations.
Palliative Care will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of populations with life limiting illnesses.
Perioperative will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of the population receiving specialist perioperative care.
Primary Health will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of populations in primary health settings.
Trauma and Emergency Care will have the particular ability to advocate for and promote the health and well-being of the population receiving specialist emergency careTo 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; English language requirements for EAL applicants: IELTS 7.0 Academic in all bands, Registered nurse or allied health professional, currently employed at least 0.6 FTE within the specialty area.
Education Organisation Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Developed By Whitireia Community Polytechnic Limited
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 2829
Status Current
Created March 2015
Last Reviewed October 2017
Next Review December 2020
Content
The content of the courses focuses on clinical leadership, quality assurance, professional practice, theoretical constructs or frameworks, specialty practice, recovery, primary health care, rehabilitation nursing, culture specific care, and develops students' practice and skills for the specific health service systems associated with each of the endorsements

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