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New Zealand Diploma in Health & Wellbeing
(Practice/Applied Practice) (Level 5)

Credits: 120

Duration: 44-48 weeks (40 Academic + 4-8 break weeks) (plus 4 weeks summer break depending on intake start date)
Classes are held 3 days in a week.

Locations offered: Auckland City, Manukau & Christchurch

Related Learning Experience: 300 hours minimum (15 weeks of 24 hours per week) of Clinical Placement.


Domestic - $6,110 (Fees Free, Student loans and allowances available for eligible students)

International - $22,125 NZD

Includes Compulsory student services fees (CSSF)

Next intake7th October 2024

New Zealand Diploma in Healthcare

Support the community and Whānau by becoming a part of New Zealand's Healthcare IndustryThis course prepares and trains students to deliver professional healthcare to patients in an aged care. disability or community setting, in accordance with Tikanga Maori Principle. As a part of the course, student enjoy 300 Hours of clinical placement.
Fees-Free, Student Loans and Allowances are available for eligible New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents. 

Entry Requirement

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age at the start of the programme.

  • Recommended to hold one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience. *
    - Have completed certificate in Healthcare Level 3; OR *
    - Successful completion of NCEA Level 2 or 3; OR *
    - Other equivalent education; OR *
    - Appropriate work experience in the healthcare sector

  • When English is an applicant’s second language, they must have achieved IELTS score of 5.5 (average) with no band lower than 5.0 (or equivalent*).
    (Please note it is highly recommended that students contact the Domestic or International marketing coordinator for detailed information)

Qualification Awarded: New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Practice/Applied Practice) (Level 5)

Core papers included

DHSM 501 Ageing and disability in Healthcare - Credit 15

DHSM 502 Determinants of Health and Wellbeing in New Zealand - Credit 15

DHSM 503 Principles and concepts of Maori Health and Wellbeing - Credit 15

DHSM 504 Dementia - Credit 15

DHSM 505 Health care support practices - Credit 15

DHSM 506 Manual handling techniques - Credit 15

DHSM 507 Health care practices and strategies - Credit 15

DHSM 508 Evaluation of Healthcare practice - Credit 15

Employment outcomes 

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work in vocational roles, disciplines or  contexts such as:

Consumer Advocacy, Disability Practice, Navigation/Navigator, Social Services, Counselling, Iwi Services, Mental Health Support, Youth Work in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, justice/corrections, social services, residential and community care and support services. Example of Job titles would include Residentialcare Worker, Family Support Worker, Disability Services Worker, Community Health Assistant, Healthcare Assistant, Kaiawhina   Hauora, Mental Health Support Worker, etc.


Employment Locations would include Commuity Support Centres, Rest homes, and Aged care facilities, Public Health Organisations, Hospitals, Iwi Support centres, Disability Support Centre, etc. Employees and volunteers may be required to undergo ongoing checks to ensure they are a fit and proper person to provide support in the health and wellbeing   sectors.

AGI is a part of the HAKT employment initiative 

Education Pathways

This qualification  may build on the following:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Support) (Level 4) [Ref:    2779]

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Peer Support) (Level 4) [Ref:    2989]

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Primary  Care Practice Assistance) (Level 4) [Ref:    2990]

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Rehabilitation Support) (Level 4) with strands in Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Impairment, and Chronic Illness [Ref:    2991]

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social    and Community Services) (Level 4) with strands in Community Facilitation, Community Health Work, Mental    Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services [Ref:    2992]

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