PAEDS 712 : Youth Health Clinical Skills

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester One (1223) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Develops and extends knowledge and skills in clinical interviewing, comprehensive assessments and effective interventions with young people.

Course Overview

PAEDS712 is a 15 point course that can be taken as part of a Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Health Sciences specialising in Youth Health, or included as an elective in a programme of specialist study (i.e. nursing or medical programme) or as a stand-alone paper for certificate of proficiency . 

The course is available to students online and consists of a mixture of teaching delivery methods. These include pre-recorded lectures, zoom life lectures and a one day workshop that can be attended either face to face or via zoom. Lectures will consist of the following teaching modes:

  • Discussion sessions, sometimes based on case study material.
  • Presentations by guest speakers, experts in their field.
  • Workshops and group activities based on clinical scenarios. 

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Course Coordinator 
 Mrs Heidi Watson 
Phone: +64 21 337 129

Course Director
Bridget Farrant  
Course Administrator  
Mrs Upendra Wickramarachchi 
Group Services Administrator 

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Knowledge of the current health status of young people in New Zealand with a lens on disparity and inequity (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  2. Knowledge of adolescent development issues that are critical in clinical practice including new developments in understandings of cognitive development (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the risk and resiliency framework for assessment and intervention, with the ability to apply to clinical practice when working with young people (Capability 1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 4.1 and 6.1)
  4. Knowledge of common youth health issues and the effective ways to intervene to support young people to make healthy behaviour changes (Capability 1.1 and 1.2)
  5. Ability to demonstrate undertaking a HEEADSSS assessment using advanced age appropriate communication skills (Capability 1.1, 1.2 and 5.1)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Short Answer Take Home Tests x 2 30% Individual Test
Formulation and Justification Assessment 50% Individual Coursework
HEEADSSS Critique 15% Individual Coursework
Online Contribution 5% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Short Answer Take Home Tests x 2
Formulation and Justification Assessment
Online Contribution

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

This course is taught by blended learning with online content (weekly pre-recorded lectures, zoom life lectures, online discussions & activities and reading material) and one block contact day on campus (this can be attended via zoom for students living outside of Auckland).  

Delivery Mode


All material will be provided online. Attendance is required to scheduled online live activities. Attendance on campus is encouraged for the one day workshop scheduled for Monday the 4th April 2022 with an option for students living outside Auckland to participate via zoom, but in previous years most students have preferred to attend in person. The second zoom online workshop is scheduled for Monday the 2nd May 2022.  

Where possible, study material will be available at course commencement.
This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply. 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

All material is provided on line, with links to the readings through the library resources. There is no prescribed text. 

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

This is an applied clinical course, which aims to extend and consolidate professional’s knowledge and skills in engagement, assessment and effective interventions when working with young people in a range of clinical or community settings.   

This is a postgraduate applied clinical course that is suitable for professionals working with young people in health, education and social service settings. The course may be taken as part of a wide range of postgraduate programmes including youth health, nursing, mental health, drug and alcohol, medical science and health sciences. 

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 11/11/2021 10:31 a.m.