For registered health professionals to develop speciality knowledge, in relation to their role and the area of health they are employed in. This clinically focused programme has taught tutorial days that are supported by online learning. Graduates may also gain credits towards
masters study.

With endorsements in: Advanced Paramedic Practice, Pacific Health Leadership, Palliative Care, Perioperative Nursing, Intellectual Disability, Forensic Practice, or Primary Mental Health.

 

Programme Information

This two-course qualification offers a range of courses which allows for a programme of study that best meets your needs and reflects current and developing research-based practice in relation to health care delivery.

 

Advanced Paramedic Practice Endorsement – students must select

• Advanced Paramedic Practice 1, and

• Advanced Paramedic Practice 2 

 

Paramedic Community Care Endorsement – students must select

• Urgent Community Care Practice 1, and

• Urgent Community Care Practice 2 

 

Pacific Health Leadership Endorsement – students must select

• Pacific Health, and

• Clinical Leadership 

 

Palliative Care Endorsement – students must select

• The Foundation of Palliative Care, and

• Praxis in Palliative Care 

 

Perioperative Nursing Endorsement – students must select

• The Foundations of Specialty Nursing, and

• Praxis in Perioperative Nursing 

 

Intellectual Disability Endorsement – students must select

• Specialty Practice: Intellectual Disability, and

• Clinical Leadership 

 

Forensic Practice Endorsement – students must select

• Forensic Practice, and

• Clinical Leadership 

 

Primary Mental Health Care Endorsement – students must select

• Primary Mental Health Care, and

• Clinical Leadership, or

• Introduction to Talking Therapies


 

Programme Outline

Advanced Paramedic Practice 1 - 45 credits

This course offers Intermediate Life Support (ILS) Paramedics (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge at Advanced Life Support (ALS) Levels. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate key concepts of advanced airway care and advanced management of a range of medical conditions to pre-hospital emergency care. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to provide patient care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting. A strong focus of the course is on the development of clinical leadership through research and scholarship.

 

Urgent Community Care Practice 2 - 45 credits

In this course, you will explore models and components of clinical judgment and referral in the urgent community health care setting. Clinically, the purpose is to expand and enhance your range of initial presentation management and referral skills. Conceptually, you will relate developments in urgent community health care and evidenced-based practice to their communities. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to manage and refer that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting.

 

The Foundation of Palliative Care - 45 credits

This course provides foundation knowledge and understanding of palliative care within a holistic framework and will enable you to extend your knowledge in relation to the care of the patient, family and whānau living with a terminal illness. It introduces you to relevant theory, research and critical reflection that is deemed essential to palliative care practice. You will explore your understanding of self and others across the lifespan and the impact that an advanced cancer or other terminal illness may have on the patient, family and whānau, both during the patient’s illness and/or during bereavement.

 

Advanced Paramedic Practice 2 - 45 credits

This course offers Intermediate Life Support (ILS) Paramedics (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge at Advanced Life Support (ALS) Levels. This course will expand your ability to relate key concepts of resuscitation and advanced management of cardiac and trauma conditions to pre-hospital emergency care. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to provide patient care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting. A strong focus of the course is on the development of clinical leadership through research and scholarship.

 

Pacific Health - 45 credits

In this course, you will explore the concepts of specialty knowledge and understanding of Pacific healthcare within a holistic framework. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate key concepts of Pacific health care and evidenced-based practice to your communities. You will explore your own understanding of self and others and the impact that they can make to the health outcomes for Pacific peoples within the New Zealand context.

 

Praxis in Palliative Care - 45 credits

This course develops praxis as you apply theory, research and critical reflection to palliative care provision across a variety of settings. Quality improvement and evidence-based practice within your own work environment will be examined against palliative care standards and policy. This course also supports you to examine your contribution to interprofessional practice and clinical leadership.

 

Urgent Community Care Practice 1 - 45 credits

In this course, you will explore models and components of the evaluation of patient need in the urgent community health care setting. The purpose is to expand and enhance your range of initial presentation assessment and diagnostic skills, and develop an understanding of contextualised models of urgent community health care and their evidence base. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to evaluate patient need that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting.

 

Clinical Leadership - 45 credits

In this course, you will explore the concepts of quality assurance and evidence-based practice. These will then be examined against current standards of practice within your area of employment. This course also assists you to develop your potential to become clinical leaders within a workforce with increased specialty knowledge of health care.

 

The Foundations of Specialty Nursing - 45 credits

Extend your knowledge and skills to assess and manage clinical situations in the context of increasing complexity in acute care and perioperative practice. Normal physiology, pathological processes, the impact of surgical interventions and an individual’s response, including the adaptation to chronic health issues, are explored. There is a focus on evidence-based practice as the foundation for high-quality service delivery in response to patients’ clinical needs and to provide support for patients and their family/whānau. Exploring the contribution of research to practice and the use of critical reflection further develop professional expertise, competency and valid knowledge.

 

Praxis in Perioperative Specialty Nursing - 45 credits

Demonstrate advancing practice knowledge and skill in perioperative nursing. By focusing on the perioperative period, this course is designed to extend your assessment skills for enhanced clinical judgment in recognising deviations from normal and managing complications of acute medical/surgical interventions as well as providing client-centred care beyond routine practice, embracing the increasing complexity consistent with contemporary practice. The content further develops praxis through the utilisation of research, quality improvement and clinical leadership.

 

Forensic Practice - 45 credits

This course will provide you with the opportunity to critically examine forensic practice, holistic assessment, resiliency and leadership. You will develop the skills and knowledge to work with people who present to mental health and criminal justice services. This will expand your ability to relate the complexities of mental health and addictions with prevention, early intervention, responsivity and desistance.

 

Specialty Practice Intellectual Disability - 45 credits

This course offers health professionals the opportunity to extend their knowledge of specialty intellectual disability care, relate key concepts to practice, and explore their professional responsibility when working alongside the intellectual disability population.

You will explore your ability to focus on individual needs and circumstances in planning care together with a person with an intellectual disability, acknowledging co-existing mental health and physical conditions, and enhance your skills to make a decisive contribution to the person’s physical, emotional, social being, assisting people to adjust to their disabilities and improve their quality of life.

 

Primary Mental Health Care - 45 credits

This course offers you specialty knowledge and understanding of primary mental health care within a holistic framework. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate models of care and key concepts of recovery-focused mental health care to your primary care setting while developing advanced assessment and decision making skills. You will explore your own understanding of self and others, and inter-sectorial care, and the impact that they make on the health outcomes of people experiencing mental illness in primary health care.

 

Introduction to Talking Therapies - 45 credits

This course introduces you to the specialty knowledge of talking therapies. The purpose is to expand your ability by examining a range of talking therapies. You will develop knowledge and skills by focussing on therapeutic concepts and approaches, this includes an exploration of cultural issues and models, the personal and professional issues that are involved in the delivery of talking therapies and the application of talking therapies within your current scope of practice.


 

Entry Requirements

Registered health professional with current New Zealand practising certificate, Bachelor degree or equivalent; employed in a relevant clinical service for a minimum of three days per week

International students

Must meet domestic entry requirements and also have IELTS 7.0 in each band


 

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