Trainee Information

As a trainee you must read and understand this information to register and study for the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Student Allowances and Grants

Enrolment on the Diploma programme does not qualify trainees for a student allowance, loan or grant.

Codes of Practice

When trainees are participating in the Diploma Programme the following codes of practice will be followed.

The Joint Committee:

  • will promote a learning-oriented culture that acknowledges individual trainee learning styles, and focuses on active learning and trainee engagement, with the objective of achieving deeper learning outcomes
  • is committed to excellence and quality learning experiences and outcomes for trainees
  • is committed to providing opportunities to further develop skills and knowledge to advance the experience and outcomes for trainees
  • will treat trainees and/or stakeholders with courtesy and respect
  • acknowledges that quality learning and teaching requires informed and appropriately educated and experienced staff, suitable support and services, and sufficient resources across the organisation
  • takes active steps to protect personal information and will only collect trainee information where it is necessary to carry out a particular function or administrative activity. If information is not required for any specific purpose, it will not be collected.
  • will manage storage and disposal of paper records or records retained solely in electronic form according to the Health Information Privacy Act 1994, Health (Retention of Health Information) Regulations 1996 and Official Information Act 1982
  • has mechanisms in place to continually monitor the quality of training services, courses, learning and assessment materials, systems and staff
  • will undertake evaluation of the quality of its programme using trainee and/or stakeholder feedback
  • will ensure supervisors and mentors have the required knowledge, training and expertise to supervise or to mentor the trainee and will not accept any bullying, sexual harassment or poor supervision.
  • supports a complainant's right to seek independent advice or pursue a complaint and will endeavour to resolve complaints in a systematic and timely manner
  • acknowledges and respects the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • will provide accurate course information including course outlines, cost and assessment procedures, before enrolment.

Trainees will:

  • Respect other trainees.
  • Observe the rules and policies of the Joint Committee
  • Be committed to meeting the requirements of their course of study.
  • Be committed to meeting deadlines for assignment and assessments.
  • Speak directly with the relevant supervisor or mentor to try to resolve any concerns.
  • Behave in a way that ensures the health and safety of fellow trainees and report any potential danger or damage to people or property.
  • Not be involved in any criminal activity.
  • Not act in any way that could prejudice the reputation of the Joint Committee including respecting confidentiality.
  • Refrain from any form of harassment.
  • Observe the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers Rights.

Assessment, Malpractice and Disciplinary Procedures

Trainees must submit their own work for assessment; plagiarism is unacceptable. Trainees must acknowledge information accessed from journal articles and other sources in the body of any work and include a reference list.

Any assessment work submitted where plagiarism is suspected will be returned to the trainee unmarked. The trainee may resubmit their own work.

Unprofessional conduct will be investigated and may result in expulsion from the programme.

Evaluation and Academic Standards

Trainees will be asked to evaluate the programme. The feedback from trainees will contribute to ongoing reviews of the courses, tutor/educators and academic standards.

The Joint Committee meets regularly to discuss all aspects of the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health.


The Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health has components of study involving research. These programme components include clinical reading and private study and an optional research topic resulting in a research paper for assessment.

Trainees must demonstrate that they have:

  • the ability to evaluate clinical and epidemiological studies
  • An understanding of epidemiological principles, and
  • An understanding of audit and continuous self-evaluation
  • The ability to practice evidence based medicine by using the results from well conducted randomised controlled trials

The Joint Committee is committed to robust and ethical research and will use these criteria to assess trainee's research methods and outcomes.

If a trainee wants to undertake research in relation to the Diploma, prior approval should be sought from a member of the Joint Committee, a mentor or supervisor.

The Joint Committee will not involve itself in supporting or promoting grant applications, but its supervisors and/or mentors may assist trainees with research supervision.

Programme policies

Complaints Procedure (PDF)