Improving wellbeing outcomes for Pacific families
Develop your understanding of the key healthcare challenges facing Pacific communities with this 15-point micro-credential. Comprising of 14 modules, you will develop your knowledge of the Pacific Whānau Ora model and learn how to apply and ensure better wellbeing outcomes for Pacific whānau to thrive in Aotearoa.
2024 course details
IMPROVING WELLBEING OUTCOMES FOR PACIFIC FAMILIES
Duration: 15 weeks (includes 2 week semester break)
Domestic Fees: $650
Next Start Dates:
26 February 2024 | Applications close: 19 February 2024
15 July 2024 | Applications close: 8 July 2024
The 15-point micro-credential is focused on exploring the key healthcare challenges being faced by Pacific Communities in Aotearoa and learning how to apply the Pacific Whānau Ora model to co-create health care solutions that ensure wellbeing of the Pacific whānau.
As a part of this course you will gain the following knowledge and skills:
- Gain a broad understanding of the key healthcare challenges facing Pacific communities through introduction to the historical and cultural context of Pacific communities in Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Develop reflective thinking to unpack personal relational whakapapa family ‘story/stories’, showing the relevance of wellbeing stories as an Indigenous Pacific source of knowledge and information.
- Learn how to apply the Pacific Whānau Ora model as a family-centric, culturally responsive, and strength-based, co-created solution to ensure better wellbeing outcomes for Pacific whānau to thrive in Aotearoa.
Upon completion of the course you will be awarded with 15 credit points from the University of Auckland.
- No prior qualification is required.
- Currently available to NZ citizens and permanent residents.
This micro-credential is delivered as a hybrid course with a combination of online and on-campus contact hours. Contact hours include face-to-face time, lectures, group work, and one-on-one work with facilitators. The course is delivered over 15 weeks comprising of weekly modules where you cover the following:
Week 1: Teaching Block 1 -Introduction to the course, Polynesian Migration and Talanoa
Week 2: History of Pacific migrants into Aotearoa New Zealand
Week 3: State of Pacific People in NZ – current wellbeing
Week 4: Whanau Ora, History – Overview
Weeks 5–6: My Origin Story
Week 7: Mid Semester Break
Week 8: Teaching Block 2 - The cultural context that frames our narrative
Week 9-11: Sharing, reflecting, responding to other’s stories
Week 12-13: Pacific Whanau Ora programme and Pacific models of care
Week 14: Teaching Block 3- The art of storytelling, Whanau Ora Model of Care, Talanoa
Week 15-16: Study Break
This micro-credential is the only university course navigating the Pacific Whānau Ora model in Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare.
Students who complete this micro-credential will be able to:
- Describe and develop an understanding of what Pacific definitions of individual-collective wellbeing are.
- Explain how the cultural and historical context of Pacific families in New Zealand has shaped Pacific wellbeing outcomes and impacted Aotearoa New Zealand’s overall wellbeing outcomes today.
- Describe the models of care used to improve wellbeing and social outcomes in the Pacific Whānau Ora programme.
- Evaluate family stories as knowledge sources of wellbeing and social impact.
- Critically reflect on relational positionalities and how to implement the Pacific Whānau Ora model.
Further study opportunities:
Upon completion of the micro-credential students who wish to continue their studies in the field can explore postgraduate courses in Pacific Health that are offered by the School of Population Health. These include:
- POPLHLTH 739: Pacific Health (15pts) Examines a wide range of health issues related to Pacific health. Provides an in-depth analysis with evidence of the global, regional and local issues that determine the health of the Pacific population both in the Pacific region and in New Zealand.
- POPLPRAC 711: Health Promotion in Pacific Community Development (15pts) Allows supervised experience for students in Pacific-specific service. A course of study relevant to the area of placement will be prescribed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements?
No prior qualification is required.
Currently available to NZ citizens and permanent residents.
Is the course fee a one-off lump sum?
Is this micro-credential open to non-resident students?
No. This micro-credential is only open to NZ Citizens and permanent residents
How will I be assessed?
Online quizzes, Storytelling - listening, writing, reflecting and responding to others work and Talanoa.
How many course credits will I attain upon completion of the course?
Upon completion of the course you will be awarded with 15 credit points from the University of Auckland at Level 8 on the New Zealand Qualifications and Credentials Framework.
Do I get a certificate at the end?
Students who complete this course will receive a digital badge from the University of Auckland
If you would like to speak with someone or need further information please contact:
Knowledge Hub Programme Manager