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New Zealand Diploma in Healthcare, Aging and Disability Services (Applied Practice) Level 5

This course is available


Level of Study



44 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Christchurch Campus


This 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.

Core papers include

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

Related Learning Experience: 300 hours of Clinical Placement.

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.

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]

Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within the Health and Wellbeing sectors including the New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) (Level 6) [Ref: 2733].

Entry criteria

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).

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