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Providing professional education to prepare graduates for the global environment of health and social care

The Faculty of Health at Whitireia is a national leader in professional and vocational education for the health industry and foundational studies. For nearly 30 years, Whitireia has committed to providing opportunities for equitable access to success for diverse communities of learners in partnership with industry. The Faculty of Health has been part of that legacy and is committed to advancing the health and wellbeing of individuals and populations through the education of health professionals to provide health care across a multitude of settings and disciplines. Faculty staff and students are dedicated to providing a positive and innovative force in the evolution of the health professions and in the changing health care system, and are the leaders for health care’s future.



>> Leader in preparation of diverse health workforce for New Zealand

Certificate >> Certificate in Foundation Education – Health Science (Level 4)

>> Strong partnerships with regional district health boards and industry

>> Certificate in Foundation Education – Social Science (Level 4)

>> One of only two providers of paramedic education nationally >> Paramedic programme is accredited by the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities >> One of only two tertiary providers contracted by Te Pou for graduate mental health nursing postgraduate education >> Second largest provider of postgraduate nursing education nationally >> Only national provider of education for Royal New Zealand Plunket Society

>> Certificate in Preparation for Tertiary Study (Level 3) >> National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4) >> National Certificate in Tamariki Ora:/Well Child Services (Level 4) Diploma >> Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) Degrees >> Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)

>> National leader in simulation for nursing and paramedicine – recognised by Laerdal as a demonstration site

>> Bachelor of Nursing

>> Consistently highly commended in regulatory audits by Nursing Council and Social Work Registration Board for partnerships with industry and student support

>> Bachelor of Nursing Pacific

>> Bachelor of Nursing Māori >> Bachelor of Social Work Postgraduate >> Master of Professional Practice* >> Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice* >> Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice* >> Postgraduate Certificate in Hospice Palliative Care* >> Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care >> Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing >> Postgraduate Certificate in Perioperative Specialty Nursing >> Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Specialty Nursing *Multidisciplinary

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FACULTY OF HEALTH FACT SHEET Professional Development >> CPD@whitireia >> Competency assessment programme

STUDENTS >> 1191 equivalent full-time students (EFTS) in 2015: Certificates and diplomas – 343; Bachelors – 663; Postgraduate – 185 >> 18% of enrolments identify as Pacific students >> 17.8% of enrolments identify as Māori students >> 57% of enrolments are under 25 >> Low student/faculty ratio in simulation and clinical learning placements >> Provider of Bachelor of Nursing Māori programme >> First national provider of Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme >> Average programme success rates across faculty programmes were 89.8% in 2014

FACULTY >> Full-time – 61; part time – 25. Māori/Pacific – 20% >> National leadership in Nursing Education: the Dean is a Ministerial Appointment to the Nursing Council of New Zealand, the chair of NETS, STTI Nurse Leader, member of Nursing Education Advisory team advising Health Workforce New Zealand and National Nursing Organisations (NNO) group. Associate Dean is Chair of Education sub-committee of College of Mental Health Nurses >> National leadership in nursing workforce development: the Dean is a member of advisory group to the Ministry of Health >> Panel members for programme accreditation with NZQA and NCNZ

RESEARCH >> 63 research outputs in 2014 ranging from completed master theses, authored books and chapters, peer reviewed journal publications and international conference presentations >> Targeted research areas in diverse health workforce development; clinical curriculum development and mental health care >> Research Contract with Ako Aotearoa – Pacific pedagogies for success >> International research partnerships with Oregon Science University, USA and University of Technology Sydney, Australia >> International research team member for e-cohort study with Massey University, University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, University of Queensland and associated Uni8 group >> Visiting scholars from Canada with a focus on nursing curriculum for diverse populations >> National Research team in simulation learning outcomes for nursing >> Global leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice

INITIATIVES AND OUTREACH >> Three year contract from Department of Corrections to deliver mental health education to nursing workforce >> Demonstration site for Laerdal New Zealand as part of simulation curriculum development >> New Zealand Qualifications Authority appointed monitors for Manukau Institute of Technology and Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology >> Collaborative initiatives with institutions in Switzerland, Canada, Australia and USA create potential for faculty and student exchanges and reciprocal knowledge transfers

July 2015


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