The courses are delivered mostly online, with some subjects requiring attendance at a one day face-to-face workshop and clinical placements (arranged by the student). Subjects that include a clinical audit or patient interview as a component of the assessment will require students to have contact with patients in a primary care setting.
- The Graduate Certificate is 50 credit points, available part-time, over 1 or more years
- The Graduate Diploma is 100 credit points, available full or part time, over 1 or more years
All subjects can be taken as a single subject. Enrolment in a single subject is available via the University’s Community Access Program (CAP).
The core and elective subjects offered provide development in areas such as:
- Chronic Disease Management
- Health promotion and preventive health
- Leadership and Risk Management
- Women’s Health
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
|Chronic Disease Management: FoundationsCore||12.5|
Chronic Disease Management: Foundations
This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in providing patient centred care to individuals with diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease, hypertension and heart failure. The course content includes the pathophysiology of these common conditions and the common pharmacological agents used in treatment. The Primary Care system in Australia is explained and the systems and evidence based management principles explored with a focus on working within a multidisciplinary framework.
Detailed Information NURS90104
|Preventive Health CareCore||12.5|
Preventive Health Care
This subject will explore the theory and practice of health promotion and illness prevention in primary care. It will discuss the social model of health that recognises that a range of social, cultural and economic factors influence people’s health and well-being. It will focus on weight, diet, and exercise as well as on smoking and other risk behaviours and their impact on health. It will also prepare students to undertake health assessments. Strategies for empowering individual patients and communities to maintain a healthy lifestyle will be explored.
Detailed Information GENP60002
|Chronic Disease Management: In PracticeCore||12.5|
Chronic Disease Management: In Practice
This subject focuses on the role of the primary care nurse in providing patient centred care within the context of chronic disease management. The lived experience of patients with chronic conditions is explored alongside the scope of nurse practice in the provision of clinical care, psychosocial support and patient education within a multidisciplinary framework. This subject builds on the knowledge of the pre-requisite subject, NURS90104 Chronic Disease Management: Foundations, and assists nurses in promoting chronic disease self-management based on the chronic care model.
Detailed Information NURS90105
|Advanced Nursing Practice: Primary CareCore||12.5|
Advanced Nursing Practice: Primary Care
This subject focuses on advanced nursing practice in primary care. The principles of professional practice will underpin all topics covered. The subject considers areas such as leadership in a multidisciplinary environment, initiating systems change, implementing evidence based practice and research to improve health outcomes and new models of comprehensive complex team care e.g. nurse-led clinics. Nurses will be assisted to develop a professional portfolio based on competency standards which can be used to satisfy the regulatory authorities continuing professional development requirements or to develop and substantiate advanced nurse practice when working towards Nurse Practitioner Endor...
Detailed Information NURS90106
|Immunisation and Travel HealthElective||12.5|
Immunisation and Travel Health
This subject will focus on the theory and practical components of of adult and childhood immunisations and include: an overview of the public health issues related to immunisation clinical issues relevant to nurses providing immunisation including vaccinesincluded in the National Immunisation Program the storage and handling of vaccines including cold chain management regulatory requirements relating to the administration of vaccines by registered nurses. In addition to this the content will include preventive aspects of travel health including social and environmental risks to the traveller.
Detailed Information GENP90017
|Clinical Sexual & Reproductive HealthElective||12.5|
Clinical Sexual & Reproductive Health
This is a public health and clinical subject for health professionals working or hoping to work in the area of sexual and reproductive health. It covers the following topics :sexually transmissible infections (prevention and screening, diagnosis and treatment), contraceptive choices for women during their reproductive life and the theory and rationale behind the provision and performance of Pap smears. Nurses who complete this subject will gain the theoretical knowledge necessary to undertake the clinical component for Pap smear provider accreditation. This subject is focussed on the clinical and practical aspects of sexual and reproductive health.
Detailed Information POPH90070
|Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual HealthElective||12.5|
Adolescent Sexuality and Sexual Health
This subject explores two main themes: 1. The social construction of sexuality - how our understandings of sexuality are developed in socio-cultural contexts; and 2. Sexual health - how it is defined and measured, what factors contribute to it, and practical issues to consider when interacting with adolescents and trying to have an impact on their sexual health and wellbeing.
Detailed Information POPH90169
|Young People in ContextElective||12.5|
Young People in Context
This subject introduces and critiques the concepts ‘adolescence’ and ‘health’, and examines various frameworks for understanding the phenomenon of adolescent development. The diversity of adolescent experience is explored, and the impact of various socio-environmental contexts of adolescence on young people’s health and well-being is identified.
Detailed Information POPH90167
|Community Mental HealthElective||12.5|
Community Mental Health
This subject provides theoretical foundations for best practice in community-based mental health nursing. The focus of the subject is on role and function of the psychiatric nurse in the delivery of recovery focused care and treatment in a range of community settings. The subject emphasises the development of knowledge and skills required to organise and implement care of the seriously mentally ill across the lifespan, and introduces students to a variety of community resources and services necessary for the provision of immediate crisis, short term and ongoing care of the seriously mentally ill. A focus on recovery oriented care planning, relapse prevention, case management, and psychoso...
Detailed Information NURS90013
|Mental Health Nursing 1Elective||12.5|
Mental Health Nursing 1
This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for entry into specialist mental health nursing practice. Students will explore the legal, policy and ethical frameworks, within which mental health care is provided. Students will extend their understanding of bio-psycho-social factors, related to mental health and illness and to the nosology within diagnostic structures of psychiatry.
Detailed Information NURS90077
|Assessment in Mental Health NursingElective||12.5|
Assessment in Mental Health Nursing
This subject is designed to develop assessment skills for beginning specialist mental health nursing practice. Skills from Mental Health Nursing 1 will be incorporated with specialist communication skills. Consumer and family perspectives of needs, health and illness will be integrated in the processes of assessment and the investigation of models of care in multi-disciplinary settings. This specialist knowledge will be applied to nursing assessment and care planning, relevant to the range of high- and low-prevalence diagnostic groupings.
Detailed Information NURS90078
|Quality and Safety in HealthcareElective||12.5|
Quality and Safety in Healthcare
This subject enables students to examine factors influencing safety and quality of the healthcare system. Using safety and quality as a framework students will examine trends in critical incidents in healthcare that result in adverse outcomes for patients. The subject will also introduce students to emerging strategies in healthcare that seek to improve the safety and quality of patient care and to consider particular roles of nurses in leading these efforts at a clinical and organisational level.
Detailed Information NURS90086
|Implementing Evidence for PracticeElective||25|
Implementing Evidence for Practice
This subject is designed to meet the needs of nurses and other clinically-based health professionals seeking further education in identifying, appraising and utilising research as an evidential base for their daily practice. The subject aims to facilitate the development of skills and knowledge that will allow participants to incorporate evidence based practice into clinical decision making.
Detailed Information NURS90070
|Women's Health ScreeningElective||12.5|
Women's Health Screening
This subject involves the theory and practice of sensitive women's health screening, including pap testing, breast and bowel screening. Innovative teaching and learning techniques will be utilised with support from University academic staff and clinical preceptors (supervisors).
Detailed Information GENP90008
|Significant Issues in Women's HealthElective||12.5|
Significant Issues in Women's Health
This subject addresses the impact of significant milestones across the lifecycle on women’s well-being and sense of self. It includes issues from adolescence, the childbearing years and parenting, the middle years, menopause and after. It aims to engender knowledge of the issues that impact on women’s health including depression and other mood disorders, body image, sexuality, abuse, work and family and aspects of loss and grief.
Detailed Information GENP60001
|Sexually Transmissible InfectionsElective||12.5|
Sexually Transmissible Infections
This subject will address the basic epidemiology, diagnosis and management of the common sexually transmissible infections (STIs). It will address the basic principles of STI control and discuss the major influences and factors affecting this control in different settings. The subject will demonstrate and explore the most important public health and clinical consequences of STIs.
Detailed Information POPH90068
|Sexual and Reproductive HealthElective||12.5|
Sexual and Reproductive Health
This subject considers what constitutes sexual and reproductive health over the life course. It provides an overview of key sexual and reproductive health issues and considers the factors that enable or inhibit women and men’s reproductive and sexual health. The student will gain an understanding of the wider issues of sexual and reproductive health in our society and will understand the sexual and reproductive health needs of specific groups within the community (eg sexual health of adolescents). The subject will be offered via a standard classroom lecture format and will also be offered by distance education for those students unable to attend classes.
Detailed Information POPH90069