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Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC)

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Overview

This is a specific multidisciplinary qualification available for those engaged in the delivery of primary health care.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC) provides an appropriate multidisciplinary programme for students who complete a core paper in primary care and then select papers from a wide range of disciplines relevant to primary care. As well as the core paper, it is strongly recommended that students include at least one of the Research Methods papers, and/or 'Te Tühauora Māori Health', and/or 'Evidence-based Medicine' within their diploma, since these papers provide a framework for study in the other optional papers.

The programme provides for the education and training of primary health care workers in order that these professionals acquire a deeper understanding of the structure, process and context of primary health care in New Zealand. Candidates will acquire skills to anticipate, plan for, and evaluate future changes to the delivery of primary health care and understand the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. It provides a formal nationally recognised qualification for primary health care workers.

Students are required to seek advice on programme structure at an early stage.

Graduates of the programme will have undertaken an approved course which is specifically focused towards primary health care, and will have acquired specific skills to enable them to deliver and if appropriate, practise safe, effective, and culturally sensitive care in that discipline. As the students will come from differing backgrounds (e.g. medical, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, management) these skills may be oriented towards management, clinical practice, basic primary health care research or a combination of these.

As a consequence of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme, the graduate will gain a sound appreciation of team dynamics in the primary health care setting. The team approach, now so essential to professional practitioners in primary health care, will be fostered and confirmed. He or she will have a sound understanding of the nature and practice of primary health care, advanced clinical training in personally selected areas of practice, and experience in working with a variety of health professionals involved in primary health care.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC) is available through Distance Learning.

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Contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice
University of Otago, Wellington
Email: primarycare.distance@otago.ac.nz
Tel: 04 918 5626
Web: Visit the Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice Postgraduate Programmes web page

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Schedule of Papers (not exclusive)

Core Paper

  • PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points)

Elective Papers

  • GENA 702 Sexual and Reproductive Health (30 points)
  • GENA 704 Te Tühauora: Māori Health (30 points)
  • GENA 709 Long Term Condition Management (30 points)
  • GENA 710 Mental Health and Illness in Primary Care (30 points)
  • GENA 711 Long Term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points)
  • GENA 713 Travel Medicine 1: Introductory Concepts (30 points)
  • GENA 714 Travel Medicine 2: Applied Concepts (30 points)
  • GENA 719 Tropical Infectious Disease (30 points)
  • GENA 720 Refugee and Migrant Health (30 points)
  • GENA 731 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Core Principles(15 points)
  • GENA 732 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Sleep Management(15 points)
  • GENA 733 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Tackling Obesity(15 points)
  • GENA 734 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Addiciton and Drug Abuse(15 points)
  • GENA 735 Supporting Healthier Lifestyles: Challenging Conversations(15 points)
  • HASC 409 Social Care of the Elderly (30 points)
  • HASC 417 Health Science Research Methods (30 points)
  • HEIN 701 Essential Information Management Skills (30 points)
  • HEIN 704 Evidence-based Medicine (30 points)
  • LAWS 447 Law and Medicine (15 points)
  • MSME 703 Musculoskeletal Disorders (15 points)
  • MSME 704 Pain (15 points)
  • PHCY 548 Pharmacceutical Policy (30 points)
  • PRHC 702 Wilderness and Expedition Medicine (30 points)
  • PSME 404 Addiction Assessment (30 points)
  • PSME 416 Addiction Applied Theory (30 points)
  • PSME 422 Addiction Treatment (30 points)
  • PUBH 704 Health Economics (30 points)
  • PUBH 705 Health Promotion (30 points)
  • PUBH 706 Health Systems (30 points)
  • REHB 713 Goal Setting and the Therapeutic Relationship (30 points)
  • REHB 714 Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation (30 points)
  • SPME 701 Issues in Sports Medicine (30 points)
  • SPME 702 Medical Aspects of Exercise (15 points)
  • SPME 707 Regional Sports Injury 1 (15 points)
  • SPME 708 Regional Sports Injury 2 (15 points)
  • SPME 709 Women in Sport: Health Issues (30 points)
  • SPME 711 Exercise Prescription (30 points)

With individual application to the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, other papers may be considered for inclusion in a programme of study.

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Programme Requirements

Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC)

OptionPapers Required
Unendorsed
  • PRHC 701  New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points) is compulsory.

  • Papers totalling 90 points to be selected from elective papers listed in the schedule above and/or from other papers approved by the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care.

Endorsed in Long-Term Condition Management
  • Papers to the value of 120 points: PRHC 701 New Zealand Primary Health Care (30 points), GENA 709 Long-term Condition Management (30 points) and GENA 711 Long-term Condition Management (Advanced) (30 points) are compulsory.

  • The remaining paper(s) totalling 30 points selected from
    GENA 704 Te Tūhauora: Māori Health,
    GENA 710 Mental Health and Illness in Primary Care,
    HASC 417 Health Sciences Research Methods,
    REHB 713 Goal Setting and the Therapeutic Relationship,
    REHB 714 Personal and Psychological Factors in Rehabilitation,
    and/or from other papers approved by the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall
      1. have been admitted to a degree or diploma of a university, or
      2. hold an appropriate qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, or
      3. have been admitted ad eundem statum as entitled to proceed to the diploma.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise papers to the value of 120 points as prescribed for the option concerned in Part 1 of the Schedule.
    2. With the approval of the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, a candidate may substitute for up to 30 points an appropriate paper offered by another university or examining body.
    3. A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care, or the Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice, or the Postgraduate Certificate in Travel Medicine, shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate. No such paper may be used for an exemption in any other programme.

      Note: Students should normally enrol initially for a Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.

    4. With the approval of the Board of Studies in Primary Health Care, a candidate may be exempt from up to 15 points for work previously satisfactorily completed for a relevant course of study.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study. The programme must be completed within five years of admission.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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