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    Focuses on strategic planning to improve practice, quality and safety of primary health care in New Zealand, reducing disparities in health outcomes, and fostering inter-professional capability including advanced skills in teamwork and collaborative leadership.

    This paper is especially relevant for anyone working in a primary care and integrated care setting or organisation, including general practitioners, physiotherapists, practice nurses, nurse practitioners, other primary care nurses, pharmacists, primary care managers & administrators, and social workers. PRHC703 introduces the theory of systems thinking and how this informs strategy, leadership, and teamworking, and how to successfully implement change. 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 Strategy and Leadership in Primary Health Care
    Subject Primary Health Care
    EFTS 0.25
    Points 30 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,103.25
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

    Suitable for experienced health professionals from a range of disciplines.
    Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.


    Teaching staff

    Conveners: Dr Sam Murton and Vicky Noble

    Paper Structure

    PRHC703 is a core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (PGCertPHC) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care (PGDipPHC). The paper is designed to focus on particular key areas of strategy and leadership and is organised into four modules:

    • informed strategic approaches,
    • leadership for change,
    • building high-performance organisational teams,
    • quality and safety frameworks.

    There are core readings associated with each module, plus Zoom video conferences throughout the semester and a compulsory workshop period. Study Skills, technology and resources are provided to students at no charge, via a custom-built digital site.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Two-day compulsory residential workshop delivered online via Zoom.There may be an opportunity to attend the residential in-person on campus in Wellington, but this will depend on student numbers and travel restrictions at the time. Dates to be confirmed. Other teaching done via Blackboard and online videoconferencing.


    All resources available either via Blackboard or other online resources.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practice of systems thinking and how this informs strategy, leadership and teamworking, and how to successfully implement change.


    Semester 2

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