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Primary health care encompasses many diverse areas of practice for nurses – for example community nursing, occupational health, general practice and community outreach programs. This unit of study will examine the nurses’ role in primary health care through exploring the students’ application of the social determinants of health in the context of the community use and social and government policy responses. Collaborative models, stakeholder participation and health promotion activities are explored. This unit of study explores the professional issues that impact on the primary health nurse, the use of information management and the provision of clinical care using evidence based guidelines and frameworks.

Primary Health Nursing
Unit of study code 265
Availability Graduate Certificate in Community and Primary Health Care Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 2
Prescribed texts Keleher, H & McDougall, C 2016, Understanding health, 4th edn, Oxford University press, South Melbourne, VIC.
Co-ordinated by Sue Mapletoft MACN
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: What is primary health care? a) discuss the social determinants of health and analyse how primary health care can contribute to greater equity in health outcomes Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 1, 5
Theme 2: Determinants of health and health services b) evaluate contemporary models of primary health care nursing and analyse their use in a range of contexts Assessment 2: Short answer essay 10% 4
Theme 3: Health policy and services c) critically appraise the integration of primary health care principles in public health policy Assessment 3: Essay 30% 6
Theme 4: Health promotion principles d) explain the importance of stakeholder participation and outline strategies for improving stakeholder involvement in healthcare planning and management Assessment 4: Case analysis 50% 10
Theme 5: Illness prevention and health promotion e) analyse the role of the ‘primary health’ nurse in illness prevention and chronic disease management and how this can be applied in clinical practice
Theme 6: Primary health care and chronic illness f) describe the principles of health promotion and apply them to the development of health promotion activities.

Primary Health Nursing (265) is a Tier 2 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.