Training and Continuing Education for Health Professionals
Effective and sustained public health capacity development requires collaboration and partnership, both within and outside of the public health field. There are a wide range of opportunities and events throughout the year which can contribute to strengthened public health understanding and experience.
The aim of this page is to provide links and details on just some of these opportunities. If you know of an event or opportunity which could be promoted here, please let us know.
Online courses, webinars and podcasts
The Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand, Runanga Whakapiki Ake i Te Hauora o Aotearoa, offers a range of online courses to support development of health promotion theory and practice. Courses currently include Determinants of Health, Mainstream Health Promotion, Māori Health Promotion, and Pasifika Health Promotion. Check their website for more details and costs.
The Ministry of Health development website, LearnOnline, provides professional education and training for health professionals in New Zealand. New courses are added as these become available, providing opportunities for a wide range of health practice areas.
Coursera is an international site which offers a range of courses of public health interest – many of which are free to access at your own pace.
Check out the following sites for some great webinars in public health and associated topics.
The Health Promotion Forum of NZ has a YouTube channel which includes recordings from webinars and other video resources. Check it out here. These include, for example:
- Key aspects of effective Māori health promotion – tools to help us improve Māori health outcomes
- Through the Maori looking glass: exploring the bridge between Māori and Pākeha in health promotion
- Every day is Waitangi Day
- No health without the health of the planet
- Indigenous values and principles, and planetary health
- The next steps: How to enhance the capacity of your organisation and health promoters on applying Te Tiriti to address the determinants of health
Toi Tangata is a Māori agency championing kaupapa Māori based approaches to health, movement and nutrition. Under the site section 'Our Mahi', you'll find a link to workforce development - Toi Ako webinars. A great range of training sessions, including for example:
- Kori tinana: Traditional Māori beliefs, values and practices of physical activity
- Whakarongo, whakarongo, whakarongo! Transforming health literacy
- Maramataka – Applying a Māori systems approach to systems change
- Food availability for Māori children
- Whakapapa and systems dynamics
Community Research gathers research about New Zealand's tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector and shares this via an online hub. To view recent webinars, check out their website. These include, for example:
- Healthy conversations about racism
- Harnessing the power of data to create a better future for Aotearoa
- Indigenous research ethics – journeys in decolonisation
- Identity and its role in cross-cultural communication
- Giving voice to tamariki and rangatahi in community organisations
- Māori recovery: Challenges and opportunities – Perspectives for COVID-19
- Co-design for wellbeing
- Appreciative inquiry – A strengths-based approach to planning and evaluating in communities
Check out also He Kōrero, Community Research podcast series one – Te Tiriti Kōrero
Activity and Nutrition Aotearoa (ANA) is no longer active, but has retained for public access a range of webinars on public health nutrition and physical activity interventions and strategies. You can find these here. These include, for example:
- Creating video for social media
- Great social media
- Food environments
- Growing up in New Zealand
- Mastering collaboration
TED Talks provides some good playlists, general talks and articles about “public health” … topics like: mobilising healthier communities, cultural and social influences on health, specific health conditions and experiences, the future of health. You can search https://www.ted.com/topics for a wide range of other public health related topics, including culture, climate change, epidemiology, evolutionary psychology, public spaces and more.
Some other interesting event or presentation recordings are also available at the links below:
- Te Ara Pounamu: Population Health Hui November 2020 - hosted by Te Hiringa Hauora, Health Promotion Agency
- IUHPE 23rd World Conference on Health Promotion - held in Rotorua April 2019
- Otago University video recorded Public Health seminars and presentations.
On the international stage, some useful webinars can be found as follows:
- CDC Public Health grand rounds (US) – can be viewed via live stream
- Royal Society for Public Health (UK) – note attendance requires webpage sign-up
There are a wide range of relevant podcasts available online; here are the links to just a few:
Scholarships and funding
A number of scholarships are available in relation to training and development in the field of public health.
Hauora Māori Scholarships, for example, provide financial assistance to students who are undertaking or completing a course in health and disability studies that has been accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
Māori Provider Development Scheme (MPDS)
Funding may be available to contracted Māori health providers and health providers who are significant providers of health and disability services to Māori.
Pacific health and disability workforce awards
These awards provide financial assistance to students undertaking a course in health or disability-related studies accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) or the New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee.