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PRHC701 New Zealand Primary Health Care

The structure, process and context of primary health care in New Zealand. Focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration, anticipating future changes to primary health care delivery in one’s professional context.

This paper is especially relevant for anyone working in a primary care and integrated care setting or for a primary health organisation, including general practitioners, practice nurses, nurse practicioners, other primary care nurses, pharmacists, managers, and primary care administrators. It introduces the theoretical basis of primary health care and concepts about provision of primary health care, and it provides a framework in which specific areas of clinical knowledge and skill can be accommodated. It assumes experience working in the current primary health care sector in New Zealand and builds on that experience with a strong interprofessional focus.

Paper title New Zealand Primary Health Care
Paper code PRHC701
Subject Primary Health Care
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PRHX 701
Limited to
Includes residential period/s.

Suitable for health, social and other professionals from a range of disciplines.

Teaching staff

Dr Chloe Campbell and Dr Sam Murton

Paper Structure

Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) and Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC).

This paper covers five key modules:

  • Health systems and primary health care
  • The primary health care workforce
  • Primary health care and population health
  • Quality in primary health care practice
  • Managing change
Teaching Arrangements

Two days of compulsory residential teaching delivered online via Zoom and/or in-person on campus in Wellington. The in-person attendance option will depend on Covid-19 travel restrictions and student numbers. Dates to be advised. Other teaching is done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

Study Skills, technology support and resources are provided to students, at no-charge, via a custom-built site accessed through Blackboard.

There is no required textbook for this paper. All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Please also refer to the Department of Primary Health Care & General Practice Graduate Profile.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts and current areas of debate relevant to the provision of primary health care in New Zealand.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system