Community And Primary Health Care Nursing
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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

Intakes

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

Duration

1 Year Part Time

Study mode

Online

Why study this course

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.

Course overview

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 STUDYTYPE10 016 1809 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
263Developing nursing practiceC22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 1
266Practice nursingS16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
265Primary health nursing S16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 2
120Chronic and complex careS
E
16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 1
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesS
E
16 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 nursingE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
018 ^Child 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
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
299Parkinson's careE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
117Principles of infection control E9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
242 ^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 4
064Dementia care E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practice E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
053Healthy ageing E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
302Human resource managementE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
284QualityE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdown E1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
050Wound managementE1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 016 1810 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
925 #Leadership and professional practiceC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
266Practice nursingS1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
265Primary health nursingS1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 2
120Chronic and complex careS
E
1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesS
E
1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 1
276 ^Addiction nursingE21 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 nursingE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
018 ^Child 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
299Parkinson's careE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
117Principles of infection control E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
242 ^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 4
064Dementia care E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practiceE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
053Healthy ageing E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
302Human resource managementE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
284QualityE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
277Stress response and health breakdown E15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
050Wound managementE15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 016 1911 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
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
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
045 ^Continence managementE21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 4
277Stress response and health breakdown E21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 1
120Chronic and complex careS
E
15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
266Practice nursingS
E
15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
265Primary health nursing S
E
15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesS
E
15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 1
241Audiometry nursingE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
018 ^Child development in the family context E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 3
064Dementia care E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practice E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
303Financial managementE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
053Healthy ageing E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
299Parkinson's careE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
117Principles of infection control E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
050Wound managementE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
242 ^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 4
302Human resource managementE30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 2
284QualityE30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
CODEUNIT OF STUDYTYPE10 016 1912 COMMENCEMENT DATECENSUS DATECOMPLETION DATEINDIVIDUAL FEE*
276 ^Addiction nursingE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
113Assessing and managing adult pain E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
054Assessment of the older personE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
187Communication - applied strategies for health care professionalsE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
045 ^Continence managementE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 4
262Foundational perspectives of women’s healthE8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
277Stress response and health breakdown E8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 1
120Chronic and complex careS
E
30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
266Practice nursingS
E
30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 2
265Primary health nursingS
E
30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 2
092Symptom management in advanced disease statesS
E
30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 1
241Audiometry nursingE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
018 ^Child development in the family context E20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 3
064Dementia care E20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
259Drug and alcohol nursing practiceE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
303Financial managementE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
053Healthy ageing E20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
299Parkinson's careE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
117Principles of infection control E20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 1
050Wound managementE20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 2
242 ^Clinical issues in audiometry nursingE13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 4
302Human resource managementE13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 1
925Leadership and professional practiceC13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 2
284QualityE13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 1

C = Core | S = Specialty (choose one specialty) | E = Elective (choose two electives)

# 925 Leadership and professional practice is Tier 1 pricing for 2018 only. Fee will increase to Tier 2 from January 2019.

^ These units have special considerations and/or mandatory requirements, such as clinical placements. Please refer to the individual unit page for further details.

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please click on this link, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

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.

Tiers2018 Non-member price2018 Member price
(10% discount)
2019 Non-member price2019 Member price
(10% discount)
Tier 1$2,100.00$1,890.00$2,165.00$1,948.50
Tier 2$2,420.00$2,178.00$2,475.00$2,227.50
Tier 3$2,800.00$2,520.00$2,915.00$2,623.50
Tier 4$3,375.00$3,037.50$3,475.00$3,127.50
2019 pricing will apply to all subjects commencing from January 2019.

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some PG units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

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

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Meet your Nurse Educator

Sue Mapletoft MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, MNsg Infant, Child and Youth Health (WSU), Cert CFH (NSWCN), CertIVTAE, MCAFHNA

Sue has been nursing for over 30 years, mainly in community health, and in particular child and family health, which is where her passion lies. Sue currently coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing and our Graduate Certificate Community and Primary Health Care Nursing, as well as teaching short courses. Sue has a Masters of Nursing with Distinction and is a past recipient of Western Sydney University Dean’s Medal and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Award for academic excellence.