May 11, 2021

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Scholarships for Maori wanting to enrol in childbirth education diploma

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Are you looking for a new career opportunity and are you passionate about quality childbirth education?

A career in Childbirth Education could be for you! Parents Centres, in partnership with Aoraki Polytechnic and Te Puni Kokiri, are proud to be offering ten scholarships in childbirth education (each with a net value of $4,100.)

The scholarships will be awarded to complete the Diploma in Childbirth Education (Level 5) jointly run by Aoraki Polytechnic and Parents Centres New Zealand Inc.

The programme is part-time and delivered through a distance learning initiative. This can be completed from any location in the country, and it is our expectation that the successful scholarship recipients will complete the programme within 2 years.

Parents Centres New Zealand Inc will be administering all ten scholarships, a minimum of seven of which will be awarded to Maori applicants.

It is our intention to increase the pool of qualified Maori Childbirth Educators and assist in making a tangible difference to the health outcomes for Maori and their whanau. It is expected that one scholarship will receive priority for a Pacific Island applicant to fulfill the same objectives (subject to satisfactory criteria being met.)

For further information on the Diploma go to and for application details go to

To apply:

  • Go to and download an application form;
  • email [email protected] for an information pack and an application form.

Applications must be received by 30th April 2011 (the programme for all ten scholarships will run from July 2011) and the successful applicant will need to be available to commence study in this intake.

  • You can access aScholarship Application Form ClicktoDownloadReader here. Please print and complete and send by 30 April 2011 by post or fax to:
    Liz Hibberd, Parents Centres New Zealand Inc, PO Box 54128, Mana 5247; Fax: 04 233 2063
  • Before completing the application pleasecheck that you meet Aoraki Polytechnic’s entry criteria from their website.
  • You can join facebook for all of the latest announcements on these scholarships.

The Diploma

The Diploma in Childbirth Education gives students a comprehensive understanding of the physiological, psychological and anatomical components of pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period. A key module of the course is the development of facilitation skills in order to share information and assist in informed decision making of course participants.

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