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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title New Zealand Primary Health Care
    Subject Primary Health Care
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PRHX 701
    Limited to

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

    Teaching staff

    Co-convenors: Dr Chloë Campbell and Dr Sam Murton

    Paper Structure

    This paper explores the principles of primary health care incorporating the New Zealand policy and practice context. It is organised into four modules:

    • Principles of primary health care.
    • Population health and primary health care.
    • Collaborative interdisciplinary teams and communication,
    • Quality and safety in primary health care.
    Teaching Arrangements

    Compulsory two-day block course delivered online via Zoom and/or in-person on campus in Wellington - Dates to be confirmed.

    Other teaching is via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.

    Study skills, technology support and library resources are provided.

    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.


    Not offered in 2024

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