Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Couse Outline

Te Kumanu Raeroa NZ Certificate in Tiaki Kuia, Koroua
(Level 3 - 19 weeks fulltime)

  • Different views of ageing and support systems
  • The challenges our aged people face
  • Tikanga, legislation and hauora
  • Whānau kaitiaki roles and responsibilities for kuia and koroua
  • Age related diseases and care approaches
  • Palliative care.
Alzheimers New Zealand

Caring for the Carers – eLearning

This programme provides ways you can care for yourself and the person you’re caring for. It has a range of tips, resources and advice around mental and physical wellbeing, rest and relaxation, diet and lifestyle to ensure carer partners can better deal with the stresses of their role.

Dementia Friends NZ

Dementia Friends

Together we can raise awareness and build a more understanding, inclusive and supportive New Zealand.

To start learning about dementia and what can be helpful for people with dementia, you can explore the following topics:

  • Dementia
  • What dementia is and isn’t
  • Communication
  • Living well with dementia
  • Being a Dementia Friend
Open Polytechnic

 Working with Older People (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 7: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Older people in Aotearoa New Zealand – including contemporary social and demographic changes.  Cultural diversity and different family formations; key social and health care policy issues. The nature of ageing – including psychological; biological and physical changes; transition and coping strategies. Health and wellbeing issues in old age – including psychological health; managing chronic disease; living with disability; dementia; dying, death and dignity. Ageism – societal attitudes, challenging prejudice and discrimination. Carers, communities and older people – including balancing needs and rights; informal care; gender, sexual identity and orientation issues; social support networks; care in rural and remote areas. Out of home care ¬– hospitals, respite and residential care. Elder abuse – financial abuse, psychological abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. Cultural diversity and spirituality. Balancing rights and risks and promoting autonomy. Advocacy and campaigning approaches to promoting change. Mental health issues – depression and dementia. Community and home-based support services – independent living services, assistive technology and telecare. Skills to analyse, organise and apply research findings.

 Introduction to Healthcare - Short Course

Course Outline

  • Communication skills
  • Infection control
  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Dementia
  • Moving a person

Palliative Care - Short Course

Course Outline

  • Understand the theory behind providing comfort cares, and how to report changes in the condition of a person with life-limiting condition/s and understand the key principles of palliative care, and a support worker’s role in a palliative approach to care.

Falls - Short Courses

  • What is a fall
  • Environmental risk factors
  • Physical risk factors
  • Psychological risk factors
  • Medication
  • Physical impacts of falls
  • Social impacts of falls
  • Assessing the risk of falls
  • If a person has fallen

Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) - Level 3

Course Outline

  • Professional Obligations
  • Professional Standards of Care
  • Responsive to Need
  • Palliative Care

Certificate in Mental Health Support Dementia Care Option - Level 4

Course Outline

  • Behavioural Management
  • Person-Centred Care, Effective Capability. Knowledge of Dementia Care Issues
  • Communication and Support. Cultural Awareness. Leadership. Ethical and Professional Conduct. Health Sector Understanding. Effective Support and Care.

Diploma in Dementia Care (Work-Integrated) - Level 5

  • Dementia Care
  • Healthcare Models
  • Evidenced-based Approaches
  • Person-centred Theory
  • Values-based and Authentic Leadership


Disclaimer: this list is not exhaustive and from year-to-year providers and course availability might change (last updated 09 November 2021)