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Tertiary Navigation Guide

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Information to get your health qualification on the road!


Te Tau Ihu Nelson/Marlborough/West Coast Nelson Marlborough Institute Of Technology Tai Poutini Polytechnic

WAITAHA CANTERBURY Aoraki Polytechnic Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Lincoln University University of Canterbury Weltec

ĹŒtÄ kou Otago Otago Polytechnic University of Otago

Murihiku Southland Southern Institute of Technology

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DISCLAIMER: Kia Ora Hauora has endeavoured to attain accurate, timely and complete information from key stakeholders and is not liable for any omissions.

Kia ora! So you are interested in a career in health? And now looking to see who offers the courses you want to study? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This document has been put together to assist those who are interested in a health related qualification. It will provide the reader with information about each of the Tertiary Institutions currently offering health related courses in Te Waipounamu, the South Island.

With 10 tertiary institutions offering courses and a large number of specialist and allied health courses, Te Waipounamu is leading the way in developing highly skilled health workers to work in our community. This document has been developed by the Kia Ora Hauora ki Te Waipounamu team. Kia ora Hauora is a Māori health workforce development programme, delivered nationally to increase the number of Māori currently in health.

If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with one of the team members, please visit or contact Cazna Luke

Te Tau Ihu Nelson/Marlborough/Westcoast Nelson The city of Nelson is close to the geographical centre of New Zealand. It lies on the southern shore of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island, and is the administrative centre of the Nelson region. Nelson is a centre for arts and crafts, and each year hosts popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a museum, World of Wearable Art, is now housed close to Nelson Airport showcasing winning designs. Nelson and Richmond’s combined population of 54,500 ranks it as New Zealand’s 10th most populous city. Māori occupation dates back some 800 years, while European settlement occurred in 1842. Eight Iwi groups claim ancestral occupation rights, or rights of conquest over areas in this region. These are Ngati Koata, Ngati Rarua, Ngati Tama, Te Atiawa, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Toa, Rangitane and Ngati Apa. 4

Marlborough Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so Marlborough’s diversity can be experienced through the seasons. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough. Marlborough accounts for approx 45,300 of New Zealands population.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Te Whare WÄ nanga o Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka a Maui Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology is a high quality tertiary education provider located in the Nelson / Marlborough region at the top of New Zealand’s South Island.

Each year, NMIT attracts around 3,000 equivalent full time students who come to enjoy the scenery, beaches, sunny climate, culture, relaxed lifestyle and education opportunities offered.

The Nelson / Marlborough region is one of the most beautiful and desirable areas in New Zealand to live and study.

With campuses in Nelson and Blenheim, NMIT offers more than 80 programmes at certificate, diploma or degree level across a broad range of areas .

Student life is vibrant. There is always something to entertain you , as well as support services to help you ease your way into your studies with as little stress as possible. Our tutors are enthusiastic and committed to helping you achieve your goals and we work together with local business and industry representatives to ensure you get the most up-to-date training available.

Key contact:

Kim Hippolite


03 546-9175 ext 828

0800 4 CAREER (22733) 5

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - course details



NMIT offers a well regarded Bachelor of Nursing Degree with a national reputation for excellence, as well as Foundation Nursing and Return to Nursing / Competence Assessment Programme.

The Bachelor of Nursing is delivered in Nelson. This professional degree programme will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in nursing. From 2012 this programme will be offered in partnership with CPIT.

Certificate in Contemporary New Zealand Nursing Practice

Certificate in Foundation Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing

This programme prepares nurses who are already qualified, or have qualified overseas, to return to practice. The courses in this programme include a mix of theory and clinical practice, and address the areas of competencies for practice as set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Assessments are competency-based, where students are required to meet all stated criteria in order to pass each assessment.

Open the door to tertiary education and a possible nursing career with this programme. Specially designed for mature students who haven’t recently studied at tertiary level, the certificate aims to develop confidence and help you prepare to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing or other health related options.

Prepare to become a registered Nurse with this well-regarded degree with a national reputation for excellence. As an applied degree, it combines theoretical learning, skills laboratories and clinical practice to offer you a range of learning environments. You will gain the skills and experience to work in a wide variety of areas from the public health service to independent practice, both nationally and internationally. Thanks to a worldwide shortage of nurses, graduates who pass their state final exams have a lot of choice about where they practice and who for.

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - course details

Social Work

The NMIT Health Area is offering a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci) with endorsements in social work and counselling. This qualification is owned by Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and delivered through the Nelson campus by NMIT staff.

Certificate in Counselling and Social Work

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work)

This programme introduces you to counselling and social work as social service professions. You will develop entry level skills and theory in both counselling and social work, linked closely with personal development work.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Social Work) is designed for you if you wish to pursue a professional career in Social Work. The programme provides in-depth knowledge and skills relating to social work practices in contemporary Aotearoa. It has a collaborative focus, encouraging people to work in teams and recognise strengths in others. Application forms are available from the Health Administration Office or online at This programme is offered in association with WINTEC.

Through transition arrangements, this qualification has replaced the three year Level 7 Diploma in Applied Counselling and the two year Level 6 NMIT Diploma in Social Work, which includes the National Diploma in Social Work. The Diploma in Social Work will no longer be offered from 2012 and Level 7 of the Diploma in Applied Counselling will be offered for the final time in 2012.


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology - course details



The NMIT Health Area is offering a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci) with endorsements in social work and counselling, with Level 5 being introduced in 2011. This qualification will be owned by Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) and delivered through the Nelson campus by NMIT staff.

Certificate in Counselling and Social Work

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)

This programme introduces you to counselling and social work as social service professions. You will develop entry level skills and theory in both counselling and social work, linked closely with personal development work.

The Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) offers an applied education for those who wish to pursue a professional career in counselling. During this applied degree, you will spend 450 total hours in supervised practicum placement experience where you put into practice what you are learning on campus. Application forms are available from the Health Administration Office. This programme is offered in association with WINTEC.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) offers a range of exciting programmes, has had course completion rates above the sector average for the last three years, has low student to tutor ratios and great relationships with business and industry.

If you are looking for something different and unique, then check out the wide range of high quality programmes offered by Tai Poutini Polytechnic. They are now able to offer something for almost everyone.

Their distinctive role is to provide skills for employment and social development. The key is to ensure that the courses and programmes provide real linkages to employment or future training at higher levels – and more importantly, meet your needs.

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is an exciting and vibrant place, able to help you on the path to gaining a really useful qualification.

As well as the West Coast programmes, they offer options in Auckland, Matamata, Christchurch, Wanaka and Invercargill.

Key contact:

David Mason

Ngati Waewae Ngai Tahu

Te Takawaenga / Kohinga Matauranga

(MÄ ori Development and Support Officer) 9

Tai Poutini Polytechnic - course details


National Certificate in Community Support Services (Core Competencies)

National Certificate in Community Support Services (Residential Care)

Certificate in Pre-Health Science

This programme will provide you with an opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in a variety of health, residential or community settings with people of all ages and needs.

This programme will enable you to develop the skills, attitude and knowledge necessary to provide high quality care to residents of rest homes and hospitals. It provides the necessary knowledge and

If you require entry into health related and applied science programmes this is for you. This programme includes a mix of classroom and online study. Tai Poutini Polytechnic offers this programme

skills to achieve ‘best practice’ recognition within the industry.

in conjunction with the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT).


Waitaha Canterbury Canterbury is New Zealand’s largest region by area, with an area of 45,346 km². The region is traditionally bounded in the north by the Conway River and to the west by the Southern Alps. The southern boundary is the Waitaki River. The population of Canterbury region is 565,800 (June 2010 estimate) making it the largest region in the South Island and the second largest region in New Zealand by population. Christchurch city is not only a fantastic place to live, but from here you can easily access the heart of the South Island. Christchurch International Airport is New Zealand’s tourism gateway, and only 20 minutes drive from the city centre. 11

Aoraki Polytechnic Aoraki Polytechnic offer a wide range of courses and programmes at certificate and diploma level that can help you achieve your career goals and support you in becoming all that you can be. If you are entering tertiary education for the first time, returning to study, or simply wishing to up skill in a specific field, we can help.


With excellent supportive tutors and small class sizes, Aoraki Polytechnic provide qualifications that have been developed in collaboration with experts in relevant industries, professions and trades. They are practical; student focused and have excellent employment outcomes.

With campuses spread across the Central South Island in Timaru, Ashburton, Oamaru, Christchurch and Dunedin, Aoraki Polytechnic is ideally placed to help you succeed.

Key contact:

Ruth Garvin

Te Kaitakawaeka MÄ ori (MÄ ori Liaison)

0800 426 725


Aoraki Polytechnic - course details


Certificate in Health Studies (level 4)

Diploma in Childbirth Education (Level 5)

Diploma of Social Services (Level 5)

The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for students to gain a level of academic ability and achievement sufficient to gain entry into further training in health and allied services.

This is a part-time distance learning programme that can be completed in a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years.

The aim of this programme is to provide an introduction to the field of social services. The diploma may lead on to higher levels of tertiary study including the Bachelor of Social and Community

National Certificate in Mental Health and Addiction Support (Level 4)

This programme trains students to become a childbirth educator and to teach prenatal classes to expectant parents in a wide variety of settings.

work offered through Otago University. The programme covers: Psychology – Fields of Practice – Working with People – Human Development – Ko Te Maramatanga – Sociology.

The aim of the programme is to provide a qualification for learners who wish to enter mental health and addiction support work, or who already work as paid or unpaid mental health and addiction support workers under supervision. 13

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology Te Mātāpuna o te Mātauranga CPIT is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary institutions educating about 30,000 students per annum and is located in Christchurch.

Te Wānaka o Ōtautahi : A place to belong


• manaakitanga (meeting the needs of the people ) • mana tangata (integrity and professionalism) • rereketanga (nurturing diversity and promoting innovation). Te Whale Pasefika is an important part of Te Wānaka. Our Qualifications

Te Wānaka o Ōtautahi provides a place of belonging for those wanting to engage the Māori world.

Key contact:

Te Wānaka is run in a distinctively Māori way and based on tikanga Māori concepts including:

CPIT has over 100 years’ experience providing tertiary education to graduate level. At CPIT, they offer many qualifications that are registered on the National Qualification Framework.

Harry Westrupp Māori Liaison Officer/Te Whakauru (0800) 24 24 76

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology - course details

General Diploma in Counselling

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

This specialised programme provides a strong foundation in Person Centred Counselling

Medical Imaging is a challenging career combining the application of highly advanced technology with a personal touch.

CPIT has a long history of providing quality training in the social services field. CPIT has very good relationships with practitioners in Christchurch community agencies. Students will experience placements in a range of community organisations, providing a wide variety of experience and knowledge. The classes are relatively small and the rooms are designed to create a relaxed and welcoming environment.

This career also offers excellent prospects for employment nationally and abroad and opportunities for postgraduate study. CPIT’s Bachelor of Medical Imaging has a strong focus on the integration between theory and practice. Close links between CPIT staff and local industry offer students opportunities to gain crucial clinical experience.

National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) The National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) is based on a recovery approach to mental illness. As a mental health support worker you will carry out a supportive relationship with people who have been or are experiencing mental illness. As a support worker you will enable consumers/tangata whaiora to develop and implement individual lifestyle or support plans. You will work within a framework for practice informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ethical standards, health standards, service specifications, and legislation.

Students of the Bachelor of Medical Imaging have access to modern facilities including laboratories and a clinical practice suite.


Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology- course details

National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) The National Diploma in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) is based on a recovery approach to mental illness. As a mental health support worker at this level of capability you demonstrate integrated practice theory in your mental health support work. You are able to support consumers/ tangata whaiora to achieve their recovery goals, provide support to their families/whト]au, support consumers/ tangata whaiora to manage their use of alcohol or other drugs and support them to access employment support services. You are able to analyse discrimination, implement an individual advocacy strategy and a strategy at community or societal level to respond to discrimination against consumers/ tangata whaiora. Your mental health support work practice is informed by an understanding of ethical values and an understanding of legal structures and laws for mental health support work. You will work within a framework for practice informed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ethical standards, health standards, service specifications, and legislation.


Midwifery 窶「

Midwives are the main providers of maternity care in New Zealand and in many parts of the country, demand for midwives exceeds supply.


A holistic approach at CPIT provides students with an excellent understanding of all aspects of midwifery be they physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual or cultural.


Students of the Bachelor of Midwifery have access to modern facilities including laboratories and a clinical practice suite and have the opportunity to follow women in a variety of settings.

Bachelor of Nursing Level: 7 - This comprehensive three-year degree programme combines theory with clinical experience. The curriculum challenges you to go beyond traditional health or illness care and focus on how to create a supportive environment for health and wellbeing. In response to international changes in healthcare practices, the Bachelor of Nursing curriculum challenges students to go beyond traditional health or illness care to focus on how to create a supportive environment for health and wellbeing. Our students learn how to promote health and to care for the sick. They also learn how to become independent and confident decisionmakers, with a focus on motivation, tolerance and acceptance of different cultures and beliefs. Clinical placements are undertaken in a variety of workplaces including hospitals, resthomes, health clinics, private practices and community care agencies. Exposure to a broad range of experiences allows students to gain an understanding of the vast number of opportunities available in the nursing profession.

Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology - course details

Certificate in Nursing (Long Term Care and Rehabilitation)

Bachelor of Social Work

This programme focuses on areas of practice where clients/patients require long term care and rehabilitation. Competencies for the nurse assistant include professional responsibility, management of care, interpersonal relationships, and inter-professional health care and quality improvement.

A level of personal maturity is required to enable you to be open to learning and to the personal and professional development necessary to ensure your suitability for social work. Maori, Pacific, migrant, refugee, male, and disabled persons are particularly encouraged to apply for this programme due to a shortage of social workers from this group.

A Nursing Assistant is a person who has completed a programme approved by the Nursing Council and, subject to meeting the prescribed requirements, is entered onto the Register of Nurse Assistants.

The programme contains both theory and practice skills for those planning a career in social work. The first year includes a broad foundation for social work including academic study, introductory level research skills, critical thinking and informed decision making. The second and third years of the programme include the skills and knowledge specific to social work practice and will enable you to integrate these within the supervised social work placement.


Lincoln University Te Whare Wānaka ō Aoraki Lincoln University been helping students get where they want to be for over 126 years. Not only does that make them one of this country’s oldest tertiary institutions, they like to think they are also one of the best. There are many good reasons to study at Lincoln University here are just a few:

Hands on learning that employers love

Smaller class size

Hands-on-learning is one of the strengths of Lincoln University qualifications and a major reason why Lincoln University graduates and diplomats move so easily into employment.

They are smaller which means you count. You’re not just a number, here students come first. The classes are smaller and they have a low student to lecturer ratio which means more personalised attention for the students.

Employers value the breadth and depth of knowledge that this experience provides and constantly rate Lincoln University highly.

The lecturers have an ‘open door policy’. That means they are always on hand to discuss projects and essays or clarify a lecture topic.

Lincoln University maintains excellent relations with employers in a wide range of industries.

The size of the University makes it very easy to make friends.

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Ekara Lewis Māori Outreach Coordinator +64 3 321 8042

Lincoln University - course details


Biochemistry: Food and Health


This course aims to give an understanding of the nature of food and the functions of the different components. The course introduces the concepts of biological availability of food components and recommended dietary requirements.

This degree offers a number of papers, from an introduction to the study of psychology and its basic concepts, through to more in depth discussions around motivation and participation and critical engagement between an individual and society.

The target audience includes people who want to understand the basic concepts of a healthy diet. The course also provides a sound basis for people who are more interested in the commercial and trading arrangements of food and who need to know more about the products they are dealing with. This course is jointly taught with BICH 101 Food Quality and Consumer Acceptance


University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha One of the top universities in New Zealand for research quality, the University of Canterbury offers a stimulating range of courses, a vibrant campus environment with students from around the world, and a great student lifestyle. UC balances the best of university life.

The University of Canterbury has been committed to producing leaders for over 130 years and has built up an international reputation for the high quality degrees, teaching staff and research. You will find their graduates in top jobs and graduate schools worldwide.

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You will learn from lecturers who write university textbooks, are internationally respected and push the boundaries of knowledge.

Hemi Inia Kaitakawaenga Māori/Māori Liaison Officer (03) 364 2987

University of Canterbury - course details

General Bachelor of Arts majoring in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Social Work

The School of Social and Political Sciences collaborates with scholars from a range of disciplines, including some drawn from the Christchurch School of Medicine’s public health group, to provide the interdisciplinary course: HLTH 101 Health Studies. This second semester course provides students (from all disciplinary backgrounds) with an introduction to the study of health, providing a conceptual and practical ‘toolkit’ with which to study health and related issues. Issues explored in the course include Maori health, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, adolescent health, health screening, and issues involved in health sector work. For an understanding of these topics, the course includes concepts of health, examination of health determinants, measurement of health, the geography of health, and health policy.

The Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) is an internationally recognised, first professional qualification for persons seeking employment as social workers in a variety of social service fields of practice. The BSW is a four-year programme that has a strong practice orientation. The emphasis is on core social work knowledge and skills, reflective and research-based practice, working with diverse populations, and understanding the impact of violence on our communities. Issues relevant to Maori and Pacific peoples are also given prominence. Students have the opportunity to pursue their special interests in topics such as mental health, child welfare, criminal justice, supervision in social work practice, narrative therapy, and gender and sexuality studies.

Psychology Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and associated biological, cognitive and social processes in humans and other animals. It is a rapidly developing field touching on all aspects of human life. Advances in neuroimaging and molecular biology are rapidly enhancing our understanding of how the brain works, while more and more complex theories are being developed to understand both normal and abnormal development and the behaviour of individuals and groups. Major advances are being made in understanding and treating psychopathologies such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addictions.


Weltec Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Employers are telling WelTec that they want people who have practical skills, know about new technology, can solve problems, develop new ideas and learn from experience. People with skills like this are the New Professionals, and there’s a shortage of them. WelTec are developing their programmes, teaching

methods, technology and industry networks so that their students can have the qualities that employers are demanding. Whatever your choice of study and career you can be sure that you can become a recognised New Professional – well equipped with the experience, skills and contacts to hit the ground running.

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Counselling and Psychology at WelTec WelTec is the national provider of undergraduate alcohol and drug studies programmes and offers the only diploma in counselling in the Wellington Region. The lecturers are industry professionals who have a wealth of knowledge in the areas they teach and have been involved in international conferences and written articles for international journals.

Hinemoa Priest Māori Liaison Officer (04) 920 2509

Weltec - course details


Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies (Level 7)

Certificate in Gambling & Other Impulse Control Disorders (Level 6)

Certificate in Supervision (Human Sciences) (Level 5)

The aim of the Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies is to provide an opportunity for you to broaden your knowledge and skill base in relation to

The Certificate in Gambling and other Impulse Control Disorders is designed to provide you with a broad understanding and practical knowledge of the similarities

Since the inception of the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance (HPCA) Act (2003), there has been a growing need for qualified and

the management of clients with complex addictive disorders. In addition you can select courses to meet criteria specified in the Practitioner Competencies for Alcohol and Drug workers in New Zealand

and differences between addictive behaviours and gambling and other impulse control disorders. This course is designed for clinicians working in the alcohol and drug or gambling fields who wish to gain further knowledge of gambling and other impulse disorders and for those wishing to enter the gambling field.

experienced professionals and clinical supervisors within the helping professions. The level 5 Certificate in Supervision (Human Services) is an introductory supervision qualification for experienced practitioners working in social, health and human services who want to gain a recognised qualification in the field and develop their professional and clinical supervisory skills. 23

ĹŒtÄ kou Otago Dunedin is an educated, enterprising, liberal, expressive and intriguing city with a real community spirit that embraces new ideas, new people, new enterprises and the more unique the better. With a proven record of educational and entrepreneurial excellence, it’s a city that fosters innovation and creativity, that revels in its underground arts, music and culture scene and flaunts its dramatic scenery. Dunedin brings out the real you. 24

Otago Polytechnic Otago Polytechnic provides excellent learning experiences for a wide range of learners, nationally and internationally, and is a cornerstone of the economic, social and cultural development of the Otago region and are active and present throughout Otago, delivering programmes through their campuses and learning centres in Dunedin, Mosgiel, Cromwell, Alexandra, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Otago Polytechnic prepare learners for successful and fulfilling careers in a wide range of trades, industries and professions. Their curricula are designed to staircase learners through progressive levels of learning.

Foundation programmes underpin all qualification areas. Bridging programmes are available to facilitate access to specific qualifications. Advanced learning opportunities are offered through postgraduate study or graduate certificates and diplomas.

Key contact:

Marlene McDonald

0800 762 786, ext 8285 25

Otago Polytechnic - course details

General Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing) Physical activity and lifestyle interventions are well recognised as essential elements in the promotion of good health and disease prevention. This programme will provide a health workforce that meets the future demands of a diverse population in a modern New Zealand society. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge as well as experience which will involve industry placements as a key part of this degree. The vision for graduates holding this degree is that they will seek employment in health services, education, administration, community care services, as well as playing an integral part in primary prevention, rehabilitation and care, lifestyle promotion, personal training, and work place wellness facilitation. This degree offers a new pathway for those wishing to enter these allied health industries. 26

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a unique and internationally-renowned qualification leading to registration as a midwife in New Zealand. You will receive a rigorous theoretical education in a supportive and caring learning environment, and spend a significant amount of time gaining midwifery practice experience across a wide variety of settings including home, hospital and community services. Successful completion of this programme will prepare you to meet the requirements of the Midwifery Council of New Zealand for registration as a midwife.

This programme aims to educate students to the highest professional standards in nursing and prepare them to be part of a healthcare team. Your programme will include 50 percent theory and 50 percent clinical work with opportunities to practise in a variety of settings. On successful completion of this degree you will be put forward for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. This programme is also available for study in Timaru.

Otago Polytechnic - course details

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Social Services

Certificate in Human Sciences (Level 4)

The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy is designed to prepare occupational therapists for practice in the 21st Century New Zealand context. You will study occupational therapy theory on campus, with the practice components of the programme being applied during field work placements, which are incorporated throughout the three years of the programme. This qualification leads to registration to practise as an occupational therapist in New Zealand, and is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists

The Bachelor of Social Services builds on the Diploma in Applied Social Services (Level 6) (Specialty) providing graduates with the opportunity to meet the professional competency standards that are increasingly essential in professional roles and associations within the social services field in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

This programme is designed to develop the skills required of social services support workers in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Students study key concepts, and gain knowledge and experiences appropriate to core fields of human support services. They then focus on one area of specialty chosen from: Social Services, Disability Information and Provision or Diversional Therapy.

Students will choose to major in one of three areas: Career Practice, Counselling or Social Services (suitable for students who have previously specialised in disability information and provision or mental health support work) and will develop their knowledge and professional skills in these areas through a combination of academic learning and work-based experience.


Otago Polytechnic- course details

Certificate in Health (Level 4) The particular focus of the programme is to assist and support students without the required educational qualification to gain academic entry requirements for degree or diploma programmes in the Health and Community Groups. If your goal is to enter one of the Otago Polytechnic’s degree or diplomalevel programmes in health (nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social services, massage therapy or physical activity, health and wellness – but do not have the required academic qualifications, this certificate can help you bridge the gap. You will study core courses in areas such as academic communication, mathematics and bioscience for health, then an elective relevant to your area of intended future study.


National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) This programme will equip you with the values, skills and knowledge necessary for recovery based mental health support work. You will be encouraged to develop your own self-awareness while learning about health and safety, group-work theories, treatments and models for working with mental health consumers/ tangata whaiora, the Treaty of Waitangi and its application and incident reporting. You will also develop skills in interpersonal work, goal setting, risk management and family/whānau participation.

University of Otago Te Whare Wananga o Otago The University of Otago (Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo) is renowned for its excellent research reputation, the interesting and innovating approach to academic teaching and its exciting student life. Boasting over 20,000 students , Otago University offers students and whanau an opportunity to gain a world class qualification and skills to last a lifetime.

In addition to the university having New Zealand’s highest average research quality and in New Zealand is second only to the University of Auckland in the number of A rated academic researchers it employs , it also respects and recognises the Treaty of Waitangi, and mana whenua iwi Ngai Tahu, with whom it has a strong Treaty partnership. The Office of Māori Development oversees the implementation of the University’s Māori Strategic Framework, providing an anchor for Māori development at Otago.

In addition there is strong support for students and whānau from the University’s four academic divisions and service divisions, which is outlined here: • Māori Centre • Māori Liaison Officers • Māori Counsellors Kaiāwhina Māori (Academic Divisional Māori student support) • Māori Library Resources and Information Services • Te Roopū Māori/Māori Students’ Association • Departmental Māori students groups and associations

Key contact:

Frank Edwards - Kaitakawaenga Māori/

Māori Community Liaison Officer

03 479 8505 or 021 279 8505 29

University of Otago - course details

Dentistry Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Bachelor of Dental Technology

Most graduates in Dentistry enter general practice on their own or in association with others. Some undertake postgraduate study and research training in preparation for an academic career. Others obtain further experience and complete postgraduate clinical qualifications before entering specialist practice.

Dental Technology is the technical side of dentistry where a dental technician, on prescription of a dentist, makes any prosthesis or appliance for the head and neck. This could consist of:

Bachelor of Oral Health The Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) programme is an exciting new three-year degree delivering an excellent innovative education in oral health. Oral Health degree students will be working in a team with undergraduate and postgraduate dental and dental technology students, and with constant access to highly qualified specialist staff. Graduates will be leaders in the field, as the programme ensures that its teaching and research are continually refined and improved to keep in step with oral health best-practice.


Artificial teeth such as complete dentures, partial dentures, crowns and bridges and implant supported dentures in various materials such as acrylics, alloys, and ceramics; •

Removable orthodontic appliances consisting of springs and retainers in acrylic bases for the movement of teeth. Mouth guards to protect against sports injuries;


Maxillofacial appliances such as artificial eyes, ears, and facial prostheses that may be required after surgical treatment.

Dental technicians do not have direct contact with patients. Instead they work in a dental laboratory where various prosthetic appliances are custom made. Dental technicians can be thought of as artists who, with a thorough understanding of dental materials science, use their artistic skills to fabricate the form, colour and function of individual teeth or maxillofacial prostheses for a patient. The fact that the product can affect the health and appearance of a person demands of the technician a high level of responsibility and accuracy. For this reason, the profession of dental technology is registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2004. Graduates with the Bachelor of Dental Technology (BDentTech) degree are automatically entitled to register with the New Zealand Dental Technicians Board.

University of Otago- course details

Health Sciences

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Health Sciences, with endorsement in medical radiation

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) degree was introduced in 2002 with the aim of providing a betterintegrated and more flexible programme for the training of graduates in the biomedical sciences.

Radiation therapy is the treatment of disease, usually cancer, by radiation. The radiation therapist is part of a skilled team of health professionals who care for and treat mainly cancer patients. Working under supervision of an oncologist, the radiation therapist plans and delivers the treatment.

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree (BMLSc) degree was introduced in 1992, to meet the needs of the medical diagnostic laboratory profession for a science-based academic qualification. The four-year programme includes a comprehensive grounding in health sciences and specialised training in the various laboratory testing disciplines, such as microbiology, biochemistry, and haematology. Most candidates enter the degree programme through the University of Otago Health Sciences First Year course.

The degree is complementary to traditional discipline-based majors (e.g. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Nutrition, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology) currently offered within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, but allows a more comprehensive and integrated approach to the field as a whole, along with a greater freedom of choice from a wider diversity of papers. The biomedical sciences and related areas in biotechnology have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, both within New Zealand and internationally. This degree aims at producing graduates with a sound and comprehensive grounding in the key principles underpinning modern biological and medical research and their potential applications in biotechnology.

Radiation therapists have a close involvement with patients, usually carrying out treatment five days a week for four to six weeks. With advances in early detection of cancer, most patients can be cured, resulting in immense job satisfaction for the radiation therapist.

Graduates can expect to gain early recognition and registration as medical laboratory scientists in New Zealand, and can also work in most other countries. Medical laboratory scientists play a major part in helping to diagnose and treat diseases. There is an increasing shortage of medical laboratory scientists worldwide. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study, either in medical laboratory science, or in one of the related health sciences such as forensic pathology, or molecular pathology. 31

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Medicine Certificate in Health Promotion

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

The Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm) is a four-paper programme designed to develop practical knowledge and up-to-date skills in health promotion to enable students to work with New Zealanders to improve their health.

The Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) degree is commonly referred to as the ‘medical degree’. School leavers enrol at Otago for the common Health Sciences First Year course and then apply for admission to second year medicine.

It is directed towards people currently working in the New Zealand health services who wish to learn practical health promotion methods and strategies, and those resident in New Zealand who wish to work in that area in the future. The Certificate involves a practical study of the five health promotion strategies of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion: healthy public policy, supportive environments, community action, personal skills and reorienting the health sector. The importance of the Treaty of Waitangi to effective health promotion in New Zealand is emphasised. Historical factors and underlying values will be reviewed. The focus is on health promotion at national, regional, and community levels. The Certificate in Health Promotion (CertHProm) is also available through Distance Learning. 32

Graduates may also apply for admission at second year. If successful, students will complete a further five years, then after graduation work for another year under probation in order to gain general registration. There is a wide range of specialisation available in the public and private sectors, involving research, academic medicine, public health, clinical medicine and other areas. Specialties include Cardiology, Oncology, Paediatrics, Psychological Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Public Health, General Practice and many others. Most doctors complete postgraduate training in their chosen specialty.

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Pharmacy Physiotherapy Bachelor of Pharmacy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

To register and practise as a pharmacist in New Zealand, a four-year University programme leading to a Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) degree followed by 52 weeks of trainee internship at approved pharmaceutical establishments has to be undertaken. The Otago BPharm, the oldest university pharmacy degree in New Zealand, opens opportunities to practise as a pharmacist in various professional settings. It is a broad-based university programme in the physical, biological, social and health sciences.

The Otago Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhty) degree is a prestigious four-year programme positioned at the cutting edge of physiotherapy education. It is internationally renowned for excellence, because the graduates it prepares for the profession are among the best in the field. The academic year is from late February to November. The programme is of four years’ duration with years 2 to 4 being undertaken at the School of Physiotherapy. In the first year students take the Health Sciences First Year course and in the majority of cases students are selected from this year. Students who complete all the competencies of the four years of study are then eligible to apply for registration as a physiotherapist with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board.


Murihiku Southland Southland (Māori: Murihiku) is New Zealand’s southernmost region, consisting mainly of the southwestern portion of the South Island and Stewart Island/Rakiura. The region covers over 3.1 million hectares and spans over 3,400 km of coastal stretch. With an abundance of spectacular scenery, natural resources and worldclass facilities Southland is an enviable location with plenty to offer. Southland is a land of contrasts – its people as diverse as its landscapes . 34

Land area: 31,600 square kilometres, of which 23% is intensively farmed and 60% is taken up by National Parks and conservation reserves

Population: 90,000 (2.3% of the New Zealand population), over half of whom (50,000) live in the city of Invercargill.

Southern Institute of Technology Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) situated in Invercargill, New Zealand offers degree, diploma and certificate programmes, as well as SIT2LRN distance learning, vocational preparation and personal development courses. SIT offer a Zero Fee Scheme to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents to study without incurring tuition fees - maximise your opportunities and minimise debt!

Key contact:

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Certificate in Health Sciences (Intermediate) Level 4

Certificate in Health Sciences (Pre Entry) Level 3

Postgraduate Diploma/ Certificate in Health Science

Following on from the Level 3 Certificate in Health Science, this certificate provides training for employment in the health sciences sector. You will learn about the human structure and many of the systems of the body.

The programme provides students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in the health sciences sector. An ideal starting point for students wishing to study Nursing, Midwifery or Therapeutic and Sports Massage.

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science is aimed towards


qualified registered nurse and midwives who wish to develop advanced practice skills.

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Bachelor of Nursing

Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Certificate in Pre Entry to the Bachelor of Nursing

SIT’s School of Nursing has been running for 31 years and has a long

This 18 month programme prepares students to apply for registration with

The programme aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop

history of successful graduates. The enthusiastic staff have a wide range of nursing experience within NZ and overseas. Specialist equipment includes computerised mannequins, life size models of body parts and a large library of DVD resources and text books. Clinical placements provide real-life experience. A career in Nursing can take you around the world! Nurses are always in demand.

the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an Enrolled Nurse. Students gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social science, and structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which they then apply on placements in clinical practice. During the programme students will undertake a range of clinical courses in different health care settings including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

attitudes, knowledge and skills to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing. Knowledge and skills are also relevant to a variety of health and care occupations.



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