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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 Care Nursing

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

CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE

10 016 1809

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
263Developing nursing practiceC10 July 201724 July 201717 September 2017Tier 1
265Primary health nursing E/S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
266Practice nursingE/S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
120Chronic and complex care E/S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
092Symptom management in advanced disease states E/S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
276^Addiction nursing E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult pain E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
054Assessment of the older personE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
241Audiometry nursing E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
018Child development in the family context E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 3
187Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionalsE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
045^Continence managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 4
303Financial managementE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdown E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
050Wound managementE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
242^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 4
302Human resource managementE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
117Principles of infection control E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
284QualityE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
053Healthy ageing E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
064Dementia care E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practice  E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
190Men’s healthETBA  Tier 2
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2

C = Core | E = Elective | S = Speciality

^Special considerations/mandatory requirements

CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE

10 016 1810

COMMENCEMENT DATE

CENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
263Developing nursing practiceC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
265Primary health nursing E/S1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
266Practice nursingE/S1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
120Chronic and complex care E/S1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
092Symptom management in advanced disease states E/S1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
276^Addiction nursing E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult pain E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
054Assessment of the older personE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
241Audiometry nursing E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
018Child development in the family context E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 3
187Communication: Applied strategies for health care professionalsE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
045^Continence managementE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 4
303Financial managementE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdown E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
050Wound managementE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
242^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 4
302Human resource managementE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
117Principles of infection control E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
284QualityE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
053Healthy ageing E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
064Dementia care E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practice  E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
190Men’s healthETBA  Tier 2
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 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. 

Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

TiersPrice
Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Entry Requirements And General Information

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.