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NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Advanced Care and Support) (Level 4)

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The aim of this programme is to provide people who have experience in a health or wellbeing environment with the skills, knowledge and attributes required to provide advanced person-centred support to those with complex needs, and to their family/whanau, and to take a leadership role in the healthcare workplace, particularly in the aged care field. The learning gained within this programme is transferred into work practice, with a supervised work placement in a New Zealand healthcare organisation.

What You Will Learn

Communication and Engagement in Healthcare

• Use effective communication methods in accordance with organisational requirements
• Communicate in a culturally appropriate way
• Reflect on person/relationship centered communication approaches

Cultural Perspectives in Aotearoa/New Zealand

• Develop awareness of diverse cultural perspective in a health and wellbeing context in Aotearoa/New Zealand
• Raise awareness of culturally appropriate strategies in the workplace

Professional Collaboration

• Identify, apply, and assess the success of effective teamwork in a health and wellbeing context
• Recognise and respect expertise indifferent client care roles
• Facilitate professional collaboration to achieve positive health outcomes
• Contribute to workplace environments to improve client outcomes

Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

• Experience healthcare and wellbeing in the workplace
• Work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team
• Demonstrate leadership skills, as a healthcare worker, in the workplace
• Reflect on the workplace experience

Safe Practices in Health and Wellbeing

• Develop analytical thinking skills
• Develop awareness chronic terminal and life-threatening conditions
• Implement safe practices in the context of health and wellbeing

Clinical Care

• Prepare, write, and implement healthcare and wellbeing documentation
• Collaborate with multi-discipline teams to ascertain the clinical requirements for a person with complex needs
• Develop written and oral communication skills

Applied Leadership Skills

• Observe leadership skills in a health and wellbeing environment
• Discern the leadership skills that create cohesive teams to benefit a person, and their whanau, with complex needs
• Reflect on leadership skills in a health and wellbeing environment

Entry criteria

  • NZ Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) or equivalent OR 3 years paid employment experience within the Health and Wellbeing sector
  • A compulsory criminal record check
  • Recommended minimum of Step 4 Literacy and Step 5 Numeracy on the Adult Learning Progressions or equivalent
  • An interview and a short statement of intent on why the learner wishes to pursue a Healthcare qualification.
  • NZSE requires that all applicants are double vaccinated by 1 Jan 2022 to gain entry into the programme (Applicants who do not produce valid evidence of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated and their enrolment will not proceed) (Conditions may apply as per directives from New Zealand Government regarding vaccinations administered in other countries)

English Requirements

  • IELTS academic score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or NZCEL (Academic) Level 4 or equivalent.

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