NZ Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Level 5) - Face-to-Face for International Students

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


Programme Start Dates:

  • Monday 31st July 2023

Note: all intake dates are subject to change depending on the number of enrolments

Course Fees:  

  • Tuition = $15,500
  • Travel and Medical insurance = $684 (Southern Cross - quoted 07/11/2022) should you want us to arrange it*

Total Fees = $16,184

*International students must have appropriate and current travel and medical insurance for the duration of their planned period of study. Kalandra Education Group can provide travel and medical insurance through Southern Cross Travel Insurance or an alternative provider. Travel Insurance is compulsory for all international students studying at Kalandra Education Group.


Programme Overview

NZQF: Level 5

Total credits: 120

Delivery length: 52 weeks (including 4 holiday weeks as set prior to the programme commencing)

Total learning hours: 1200

Directed online learning: Face-to-Face (in class)

Work placement: will be arranged to enable you to complete your 400 hours required (non paid). Should you obtain part time work (visa permitting) in Healthcare, these hours may be able to be counted.

At successful completion of the Diploma in Dementia Care (Work-Integrated) (Level 5), students will be awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Practice/Applied Practice), Level 5.


Programme Content

The programme is taught over six modules.

Module 1 – Factors Influencing Dementia Care (15 credits)

This module explores collaboration, leadership and support practices used to develop health and wellbeing outcomes for clients and whanau while considering the social, cultural, economic and political factors that impact the health and wellbeing environment. Students learn about:

  • The wider social and political factors which influence aged care and the aged care sector.
  • Social expectations, stigma, and stresses caused by external forces on the client, whanau, carer and care organisations.

Module 2 – Collaboration in Dementia Care (20 credits)

This module explores the application of Healthcare models to Healthcare practice and support for the development of collaborative care strategies and subsequent delivery. Students learn:

  • The necessity for a team of carers and healthcare professionals to meet the needs and aspirations of a dementia client and their whanau.
  • How to consider wider factors that impact the dementia care and aged care sectors.
  • How to strategically plan and facilitate care.

Module 3 – Dementia Care Planning (25 credits)

This module explores the development of dementia care plans and associated dementia care strategies. The course introduces reflective and reflexive practices for improving both care provision and planning practices. Students learn how to:

  • Analyse client needs and aspiration.
  • Engage with theories, concepts, principles and practices which allow them to formulate plans for effective care.
  • Negotiate, develop and enable a co-ordinated and person-centred care plan that integrates client health and wellbeing aspirations.           
  • Critically evaluate care support practices to enhance professional competence in the dementia care sector.

Module 4 – Reflective Practice and Professional Development (15 credits)

This module further explores the ideas of reflective and reflexive practices and focuses on value-based leadership and workplace responsiveness. Students learn how to:

  • Explore personal and professional development needs.
  • Use reflection and reflexive practices related to care practices, current learning and understandings.
  • Critically reflect on and evaluate personal aged and dementia care practices and community leadership performance for the purpose of improving professional competence.

Module 5 – Application of Health and Wellbeing Models (25 credits)

This module explores the use of Healthcare models for the development of health and wellbeing outcomes and associated strategies. The course then explores the application and enhancement of those strategies, based on findings and the particular demographics of clients and whanau. Students learn how to:

  • Apply dementia care strategies to applicable scenarios in dementia care settings.
  • Select and apply strategies related to assessment and diagnosis, awareness and risk reduction to inform, educate and support family and whanau caregivers.
  • Critically select and apply advanced dementia and aged care strategies in order to respond with sensitivity to diverse whanau contexts.

Module 6 – Professional Competency (20 credits)

This module explores the development of dementia care plans and facilitates the enhancement of communication and behavioural strategies for application in care practice in response to the needs of the client.  To improve professional competency students:

  • Undertake significant clinical practice work integrating previous learning.
  • Analyse diverse demographic factors and develop a framework that meets the client’s health and wellbeing needs and aspirations.
  • Select behaviour strategies and develop, adapt and apply communication appropriate to the client.           
  • Apply advanced care strategies and practices that consider diversity in order to respond sensitively to dementia clients and whanau needs.

Programme Outcomes

At the end of the programme, graduates are able to:

  • Develop and enhance dementia care plans based on the specific social and cultural factors, as well as the needs, and aspirations of clients and their whanau.
  • Implement dementia care plans using collaborative, evidence-based practices, and leadership approaches to maximise health and wellbeing outcomes. 
  • Maintain awareness of socio-cultural, economic and political factors impacting the wider health and wellbeing environment which affect the client, whanau, support worker, dementia care organisations, and dementia care services. 
  • Lead and collaborate using values-based leadership, relationship development and reflective practices in a dementia care environment.
  • Integrate theory and practice in dementia care studies into their dementia care work or employment activities for professional development and to enhance career outcomes. 
  • Integrate theory and practice in dementia care studies into practicum workplace activities to enhance employability and maximise work-readiness.

Programme Pathways

Education Pathways: Graduates may progress into the New Zealand Diploma in Addiction Studies (Applied) (Level 6)

This programme may lead to higher-level programmes including Bachelor degrees in related subjects, including nursing, physiotherapy, occupational health and allied health professions. Graduates may also be able to apply for cross-credit or advanced standing into Healthcare related Bachelor programmes.

Employment Pathways:

  • Team Leader or supervisor in aged residential care
  • Team leader or supervisor in home/community care
  • Team leader in Department of Corrections health facilities
  • Team leader in acute care settings, including GP Practices


Entry Criteria

All international applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the semester
in which the proposed programme of study is offered.

  • International students must have gained, within 2 years prior to enrolment, an IELTS test result with an Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 or the equivalent as per NZQA's Table of Internationally Recognised English Language Proficiency Outcomes for International Students or provide evidence of meeting other requirements described in Rules 18.2 to 18.4 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2018.
  • All applicants must provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level to a qualification at Level 3 or above on the NZQF.
  • Healthcare sector qualifications / experience confirmed with academic transcripts or work placement documents.
  • All applicants must attend an interview - the interview will determine academic capability, maturity level and the ability of the applicant to undertake studies at level 5 on the NZQF.
  • Evidence of work placement activity by providing references.
  • Clean criminal check (an initial check is to be provided from country of last abode).


To Apply

Complete this Application Form and email with your passport, current visa copy, English proficiency results, and other supporting documentation to:

Click on this link to download the Student Handbook 2023.

Tuition in Face-to-Face

It is required that you have a device (laptop, tablet etc.) in order to complete your studies successfully. Assessments and supporting material are accessed through CANVAS, our online learning platform. You must also undertake research online and produce documents using Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

The following computer suppliers have competitively-priced example devices:

Last Updated:  13th February 2023

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