New Zealand Diploma in Health and
Wellbeing Applied Practice

(Level 5) 121 Credits

Diploma in Health

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates, either those already working in the health and wellbeing sector or those who wish to enter the sector, with knowledge and advanced practical abilities that enables graduates to practice as health professionals in local communities in a range of support services roles for the disability and mental health sub-fields.

Students will study, apply and evaluate advanced practice skills, abilities and knowledge in the focused sub-fields of disability and mental health that allows graduates to work independently with clients in residential, community and hospital care contexts.

If you want an integrated programme that teaches both in the classroom and in the workplace; providing students with opportunities to apply the theory, practices and techniques in a relevant healthcare workplace, then this could be the programme for you.

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Graduates of this qualification will benefit by gaining skill and attributes valued in the healthcare sector, including:  
  • Foundation knowledge of health and wellbeing - critical theory

  • Support services for health practice in New Zealand communities. Applied knowledge of New Zealand Health Provisions; policy and practices

  • Integrated support service philosophy and health support reflective practice

  • New Zealand Health Provision, policy and practices - determinants and access issues for positive health outcomes.

  • Advanced practices and strategies in diverse contexts for the health and wellbeing sectors

  • Te Ao Maori for the health and wellbeing sectors

Graduates of this programme will be able to:
  • Integrate theory and knowledge of health and wellbeing to identify the health and wellbeing aspirations of people from diverse contexts.

  • Maintain awareness of the socio-cultural, economic and political factors impacting the wider health and wellbeing environment to provide responsive and current support practices​

  • Critically select and apply a range of evidence-based practices to support people to meet their health and wellbeing aspirations.

  • Critically select and apply a range of evidence-based practices informed by knowledge of te ao Mäori to support the health and wellbeing aspirations of tangata whenua.

  • Apply advanced strategies and practices to respond with sensitivity to people from diverse contexts.

  • Critically reflect on and evaluate own support practice to achieve continuous improvement

Education and Employment Pathways

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge required to work in vocational roles, disciplines or contexts such as: Community, residential, and hospital care facilities. Graduates can work in a range of settings such as non-governmental organisations, social services, residential and community. Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within the Health and Wellbeing sectors including the New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) (Level 6).

Entry Requirements Domestic Students
  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age with a minimum of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 in one year or equivalent preferably in biology and have no communicable diseases, physical or psychological impairments which may adversely affect to undertake a programme of study or work in the health and wellbeing sector.

  • Applicants must be able to communicate competently in English. 

International students or residents whose first language is neither English nor Maori must have:

  • a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent evidence of English language proficiency.

Details of equivalency can be provided upon request.

  • All applicants must undergo an interview to confirm their suitability for the programme.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but present evidence of ability to succeed (e.g. maturity, life experience, work experience, other study) or; are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve or; provides evidence of relevant prior learning and experience will be considered as mature entrance.


  • Applicants must declare any health issues or disability on a path towards confident, independent professional practice to allow Skill New Zealand to consider whether appropriate support can be provided, and the likelihood of the applicant's ability to meet professional requirements and practice independently on completion of the programme.​

  • Applicants must consent to the completion of a Police Vetting check.

  • Applicants will be required to consent to a disclosure of criminal convictions and safety checks required by the Children's Act 2014 (VCA Act).

  • May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act).

"Skill NZ is a good place to study to improve my knowledge in Health and Wellbeing. The knowledge improved my skills at my workplace."
- Siti Momina