Learn about child development and promoting child and whānau health in this programme for people working in well child services [Community Health Work strand]

Programme Overview

This one year programme assists students to develop knowledge and skills to work effectively in health and social community based roles. It focuses on promoting and protecting the health and well being, and building health literacy, of people, whānau and/or family, and populations.

The New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) uses blended learning methods for delivery that combines face to face, online delivery and work-integrated learning. Students attend the polytechnic three days per course, with the remaining hours completed in the work place. Workplace hours are a minimum of 18 hours per week and independent study is approximately nine hours per week.

Programme Outline

Whitireia offers the Community Health Work strand consisting of the following courses:

Semester 1

Whānaungatanga Building Relationships (30 credits)

This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to build effective professional relationships with people, families and whānau, and community networks in a health or social service setting. Students will demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural and historical factors that impact on health and/or social outcomes. Students will reflect on their use of appropriate communication strategies that are respectful of diversity and that demonstrate working in partnership with others.

Safety and Practice in Community Health Work (30 credits)

This course develops the skills and knowledge to project and promote health and support the development of health literacy when working with whānau and families. Students demonstrate an understanding of human development and health conditions relevant to tamariki ora well-child practice, and reflect on ethical, legal and safety implications related to their community service role.

Semester 2

Community Health Work Practice (30 credits)

This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work effectively as a community health worker in the delivery of well-child tamariki ora health and social services. Students demonstrate identified competencies for their specific role, including the ability to implement a health promotion strategy. Students reflect on their own practice including their responsibilities in working within a team and accountability across sectors to protect and promote whānau and family health and wellbeing.

Leadership and Cultural Responsiveness (30 credits)

This course develops skills and knowledge to enable students to provide culturally responsive care and advocate appropriately. Student demonstrate an understanding of their role in quality improvement and its impact on improving health and wellbeing. Students reflect on their own personal leadership and their ability to influence effective teamwork to work alongside and promote self-management and health literacy people, families and whānau.


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

NCEA Level 1 or equivalent. Employment or voluntary work in related field for a minimum of three days/week. Evidence of suitability based on employer’s support/referees and safety checks, to meet relevant legislation.

International students

Entry IELTS 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)

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