General Practice and Community Nursing

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time (N/A for Graduate Certificate) l
Part-time
Location: Internal |External | Online

Courses 

Course name: Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (General Practice and Community Nursing)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year (part-time only)
SATAC code: 2GC133 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC533 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code:  Not available to international students

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Nursing (General Practice and Community Nursing)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD092 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GD592 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: Not available to international students

Course name: Master of Nursing (General Practice and Community Nursing)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1.5 years
SATAC code: 2CM202 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM502 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: Not available to international students

Overview

The General Practice and Community Nursing specialisation was developed by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in collaboration with affiliated health services. The specialisation aims to provide a sound theoretical and clinical basis for nursing practice in a primary care setting with a focus on nursing in General Practice settings. It will enable registered nurses to develop knowledge, skills and capabilities to practice collaboratively with general practitioners and other health professionals in promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and the community.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • synthesise and apply strategies to support and manage clinical care specific to individual client needs in a range of practice and community nursing settings
  • demonstrate specialised knowledge and advanced skills within the general practice and community nursing settings
  • apply evidence informed practice when triaging and assessing clients within a general practice or community nursing setting
  • demonstrate advanced communication skills with all members of the multidisciplinary health care team
  • analyse, evaluate and apply evidence to developing nursing practice protocols, guidelines and clinical pathways within general practice and community nursing environments.

The specialisation provides an opportunity for students to learn/extend their knowledge of MBS items including immunisation, wound care and chronic disease management. Clinical placement is designed to complement current knowledge and/or introduce students to new knowledge by providing the flexibility for student to choose a placement venue best placed to achieve their individual educational need and learning outcomes.

Students enrolled in this specialisation are required to undertake professional experience placement (PEP) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement. Details of these requirements.  

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants for the General Practice and Community specialisation of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma must:

  1. hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification
  2. be registered nurses.

Applicants for the Master of Nursing must meet the above requirements.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Additional requirements

Students:

  • must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice
  • will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements
  • must provide a completed and signed Professional Experience Placement (PEP) Support form (DOCX) before their clinical placements.

Immunisation and communicable diseases: requirements for clinical placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Applications

Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.

 

 

International students
Mid year entry: Not available to international students
Applications: Not available to international students
Application closing dates:

Not available to international students

 

 




Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (General Practice and Community Nursing)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $3,172

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $10,332

Not available to international students
Graduate Diploma in Nursing (General Practice and Community)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $6,344

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $20,664

Not available to international students
Master of Nursing (General Practice and Community)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2017: $6,345

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $20,664

Not available to international students

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.