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Graduate Profile

The postgraduate qualifications in Primary Health Care, Travel Medicine and General Practice are designed to provide graduates with a mix of skills to enable them to operate effectively in community & primary care/general practice environments.

On completing postgraduate qualifications students should possess the following attributes:

  • an appreciation of and the skills to undertake lifelong learning in the field of community and primary care/general practice health care delivery;
  • an understanding of the principles and application of community-based health care including those delivered in primary care, travel medicine and general practice settings;
  • an appreciation of the wider New Zealand health system and the place of primary health care, primary care and general practice care within health systems;
  • the ability to critically evaluate health and social issues in community and primary care/general practice settings in New Zealand and global contexts;
  • an ability to critically search for and evaluate health interventions to provide community & general practice evidence based client care;
  • the ability to appreciate, promote and undertake an interdisciplinary approach to collaborative community and primary care/general practice health care delivery;
  • the ability to communicate effectively with clients and their whanau as well as health and social care professionals;
  • an appreciation of cultural safety and cultural competence in order to work effectively with all clients and whanau;
  • a sensitivity towards the ethical issues facing clients, whanau and health and social care professionals;
  • the fostering and enhancement of excellent communication skills (written and oral) to articulate high quality clinical practice and/or health care delivery (by means of oral presentation, academic writing, formal and informal discussions/blogs, and online communication).