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Between 2008 and 2011 the amount of nurses working in primary health roles doubled to in excess of 29 000 (AIHW, 2015). These numbers which will only increase due to the ageing population, emerging infectious diseases and the increasing burden of chronic and complex disease (ACN, Position statement 2015).

Community and Primary Health Nursing is one of the most multifaceted area of specialty practice in the 21st Century. During Community and Primary Health week in 2016 ACN produced an e-book profiling nurses working in specialties ranging from aged care dementia, primary health care for the homeless, palliative care in rural Australia, chronic disease, child and family health to refugee health.

The many advantages of community and primary health care as a career choice is that the opportunities are endless, you can work with a greater level of autonomy in complex areas and it also offers you the chance to change your career pathway if you would like to work more family friendly hours. The graduate certificate in Community and Primary Health has been developed to offer you the opportunity to study a wide range of electives from continence management to drug and alcohol nursing to cater for this most diverse specialty. More subjects are being developed to meet the needs of the nurses in community and primary health.

Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our unique blend of electives allow students to further explore many different areas of community and primary health nursing.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment.  Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

The Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for nurses working in a variety of community, primary health and general practice settings. The course will enhance the nurse's knowledge and skills in prevention, early intervention and management of a range of often complex illnesses. Continuity of care and the facilitation of self-management is emphasized across the transition from acute to sub-acute and community care. The structure of the course recognises the evolving specialist primary health nursing role in practice nursing, community nursing and chronic disease management.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

At successful completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Critically examine the relationship between social determinants of health, health outcomes and the context of specialist nursing practice
  • Examine the economic and political factors influencing determinants of health and health outcomes
  • Evaluate evidence based research to enhance clinical decision making skills and client intervention
  • Rationalise their professional, ethical and social responsibilities commensurate to the context of nursing practice
  • Analyse contemporary models of care that meet the specialised needs of the individual to optimise health outcomes
  • Promote an effective learning environment through the development, dissemination and fostering of specialist knowledge and skills
  • Evaluate available services and resources that support the management of a client with diverse health care needs

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 016 1707

Completion date  

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

233

Principles of renal replacement therapy

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

276^

Addiction nursing 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

113

Assessing and managing adult pain 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

054

Assessment of the older person

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 2

241

Audiometry nursing 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 2

018

Child development in the family context 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 3

187

Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionals

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

045^

Continence management

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 4

286

Financial management in the health care system 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

036

Respiratory nursing 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

277

Stress response and health breakdown 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

277

Stress response and health breakdown 

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states 

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

050

Wound management

E

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 2

050

Wound management

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 2

242^

Clinical issues in audiometry nursing

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 4

285

Human resource management in the health care setting 

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

117

Principles of infection control 

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

115

Principles of renal nursing

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

284

Quality

E

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

053

Healthy ageing 

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

064

Dementia care 

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

190

Men’s health

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice  

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

262

Foundational perspectives of women’s health

E

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 2

C = Core | E = Elective | S = Speciality

^Special considerations/mandatory requirements

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 016 1708

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

263

Developing nursing practice

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

265

Primary health nursing 

E/S

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 2

266

Practice nursing

E/S

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 2

120

Chronic and complex care 

E/S

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

120

Chronic and complex care 

E/S

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

233

Principles of renal replacement therapy

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

276^

Addiction nursing 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

113

Assessing and managing adult pain 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

054

Assessment of the older person

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

241

Audiometry nursing 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

018

Child development in the family context 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 3

187

Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionals

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

045^

Continence management

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 4

286

Financial management in the health care system 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

036

Respiratory nursing 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

277

Stress response and health breakdown 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

092

Symptom management in advanced disease states 

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 1

050

Wound management

E

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 2

050

Wound management

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 2

242^

Clinical issues in audiometry nursing

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 4

285

Human resource management in the health care setting 

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

117

Principles of infection control 

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

115

Principles of renal nursing

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

284

Quality

E

16 April 2018

30 April 2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

053

Healthy ageing 

E

9 July 2018

23 July 2018

16 September 2018

Tier 2

064

Dementia care 

E

9 July 2018

23 July 2018

16 September 2018

Tier 2

190

Men’s health

E

9 July 2018

23 July 2018

16 September 2018

Tier 2

259

Drug and alcohol nursing practice  

E

9 July 2018

23 July 2018

16 September 2018

Tier 1

262

Foundational perspectives of women’s health

E

9 July 2018

23 July 2018

16 September 2018

Tier 2

C = Core | E = Elective | S = Speciality

^Special considerations/mandatory requirements

018

Clinical placement 40hrs

233

Pre-requisite 115

242

Pre-requisite 241/Clinical placement 60hrs

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in education, management, rural and remote nursing as well as specialist nursing roles. 

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Maria Baric, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, MPH, BHSc, Certificate in Cardiac Nursing, Cert IV TAE

Maria coordinates our Graduate Certificates in Critical Care Nursing, and Community and Primary Health Nursing. With extensive clinical, management and nursing education experience, Maria’s skills include designing, delivering, assessing and evaluating programs in critical care and emergency nursing.