Reasons to study community healthcare in New Zealand
New Zealand has a strong demand for key staff in the healthcare sector. Studying community healthcare is a great pathway to work in New Zealand and can lead to a rewarding career.
With a wide range of courses on offer at education providers around the country, you can study healthcare courses from introductory to degree level. Studying at Te Pūkenga, New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, gives you the opportunity to spend time in a real-world work environment to develop health-specific knowledge.
There are also community health and wellbeing courses on offer at New Zealand’s many Private Training Establishments (PTEs) where you can get the skills you need to work in community healthcare.
With the growing demand for healthcare workers, New Zealand has several one-year diploma courses in healthcare. After completing the diploma, you can choose to study further for a bachelor’s degree or higher at Te Pūkenga or a New Zealand university in your area of study.
Wherever you choose to study, and whatever course you decide to take, there are many good reasons to study community healthcare in New Zealand. Here are five of them:
1. Open the door to job opportunities in New Zealand
A growing population and increasing life expectancy have combined to create skill shortages across the healthcare sector in New Zealand.
If you’re interested in improving the health and well-being of New Zealanders then studying healthcare in New Zealand will give you a wide range of job opportunities to choose from. Many healthcare occupations are also on Immigration New Zealand's Green List.
2. Live in a safe and multicultural environment
New Zealand consistently ranks as one of the safest countries in the world and is warm, friendly and respectful of people from other countries and other cultures.
New Zealand’s inclusive multicultural society is reflected in the healthcare sector. Studying healthcare in New Zealand will give you the opportunity to work with and learn from people from a range of cultural backgrounds.
3. Gain hands-on practical experience
You can become a skilled, sought-after healthcare worker with real-world skills gained through hands-on training and industry experience. You'll get the theoretical knowledge as well as the hands-on experience necessary to be successful in your chosen field.
Maria Cyrene Sto. Domingo, from the Philippines, is studying for a Diploma of Health Services Management at EDENZ College, a private training establishment in Auckland.
I’d like to work in New Zealand after I finish studying, so it will be good to already have workplace experience here when I start looking for a job
4. Work while you study
Students pursuing any full-time course, from a certificate or diploma to a bachelor's or master’s degree, have the option to work for up to 20 hours per week.
Working part-time caring for older people in a rest home has given Maria a head start in the New Zealand work environment. She took two eight-hour shifts a week as a healthcare assistant in a rest home a short bus ride away from her house.
Maria enjoyed the interaction with residents, especially with one elderly woman who reminded her of her grandmother. “Whenever she saw me, she’d smile and hold my face in her hands,” says Maria.
5. Gain an internationally recognised qualification
New Zealand's qualifications are internationally recognised and respected, which means you can use them to work in healthcare settings all over the world.
About the contributors
Jo Miller is a contract writer for Education New Zealand. She is originally from Scotland but now lives in Wellington with her family. Jo is currently studying psychology online with the University of Auckland.