Launch of new health and wellbeing programmes

Published date : Mon, 30 October 2023 03:58 pm

Reducing inequities in the Aotearoa health system 

A new series of culturally responsive health and wellbeing programmes will help pave the way for a more equitable health system.  

Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi (TWWoA) is committed to providing high quality education that is culturally responsive and aims to meet the needs of local communities. In 2024, TWWoA will launch New Zealand Health and Wellbeing Certificates at levels 2, 3 and 4, which will provide healthcare professionals with formal qualifications. These programmes will respond to a critical need to elevate healthcare standards and empower healthcare workers with the skills they need to excel in their roles. 

Extensive consultation was conducted simultaneously for all three programmes to create an aligned pathway for tauira (students) to progress toward nursing or other relevant degrees. The key focus is on the provision of care to patients or clients in Primary, Hauora, Disabled, at Home, Aged and Hospital care settings.  

Sarah Ropati, who is responsible for the 2024 rollout explains: “What sets these programmes apart is their strong foundation in Mātauranga, Te Ao, and Kaupapa Māori frameworks, combined with literacy and numeracy development and a progressive work-based learning approach.” 

These new formal qualifications will provide working professionals with a base of knowledge that is backed by research and underpinned by āhuatanga and tīkanga Māori. This will help to develop strong and culturally competent advocates for whānau receiving healthcare services.  

Staff from Te Puna Ora o Mataatua will be among some of the initial participants to enroll in the programmes.  

At a time when addressing healthcare disparities is paramount, TWWoA has taken concrete steps to make a positive impact on local communities. The Government’s expressed intention to reduce inequities in the health system has increased the demand for healthcare practitioners capable of culturally responsive, Māori-focused practice.

Sarah champions these programmes that are tailor-made to develop graduates who can spearhead the change that is needed. Enrolling in a New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing is not only a step towards a promising healthcare career; it's also a powerful way to contribute to the enhancement of New Zealand's healthcare system. 

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Sarah Ropati (pictured), Acting National Programme Coordinator

Students studying health

The Health and Wellbeing programmes are also steppingstones into the Nursing degree

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