The Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice is an 18-unit program which is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The program is only available on a part-time basis.

The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice and the Master of Remote and Indigenous Health and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students in the programs undertake two core topics and are then able to select a specialty stream in either Ageing and Disability, Allied Health, Management, Medical, Nursing, or Remote Child Protection.

The program was developed in collaboration with the Council of Remote Area Nurses and is offered on an external basis through the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution in a health related field.

Applicants undertaking the Nursing stream must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience and must be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse with no restrictions on practice.

Applicants undertaking the Medical stream must be either concurrently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine at Flinders University or currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Medical Practitioner.

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

Course aims

This Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice aims to prepare health professionals new to remote contexts to work with the people and professionals of Remote Areas to keep remote and Indigenous people well and manage ill-health.

It aims to provide education at a foundational level across three major content areas that underpin practice within the discipline of Remote Health locally, nationally and internationally.

These content areas are:

  • the remote context – an inseparable work and living environment characterised by unique cultural, linguistic, social, economic, geographical, and climatic conditions
  • public health – a population based framework for planning, developing, managing and evaluating initiatives and programs to promote health and prevent disease
  • application to practice – the inter-professional and profession specific skills, knowledge and attributes required for competent, confident, accountable remote and Indigenous Health practice within a Primary Health Care framework.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course students are expected to be able to:

  • apply their knowledge of the remote context, disciplinary specific specialty practice, and foundational knowledge of social determinants and public health to extend their undergraduate health professional skills
  • apply their new skills to implement Health Care services as beginning Remote Health practitioners within a framework of cultural safety and Primary Health Care
  • communicate effectively within the diverse cultural and linguistic context of remote and Indigenous Health practice locally, nationally and internationally
  • take responsibility for, and be self-reliant in their learning and their work
  • work cooperatively, productively and with integrity within the Primary Health Care team towards a common outcome of improving the health outcomes of remote, isolated, marginalised and Indigenous people worldwide
  • engage positively with the diverse range of people within the local, national and international context of remote and Indigenous Health practice.

Program of study

To qualify for The Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study

Core - Year 1 topics

9 units comprising:

 REMH8001  Context of Remote & Indigenous Health  (4.5 units)
 REMH8002  Remote & Indigenous Primary Health Care  (4.5 units)

Plus 9 units from one of the following specialty streams:

Stream - Ageing and Disability

REMH8025  Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities  (4.5 units)
REMH8026  Working with People with Disability in Remote and Indigenous Communities  (4.5 units)

Stream - Allied Health

 REMH8003  Fundamentals of Remote Allied Health Practice  (4.5 units)

Plus a 4.5 unit topic selected from the Option list below

Stream - Management

REMH8016  Remote Health Services Management in Practice  (4.5 units)
REMH9017  Remote Health Services: Strategic Management  (4.5 units)

Stream - Medical

REMH8004  Remote and Indigenous Family Medicine  (4.5 units)

Plus either

REMH8005  Remote and Indigenous Complex Chronic Disease  (4.5 units)

Or a 4.5 unit topic selected from the Option topics below.

Stream - Nursing

 REMH8006  Remote Advanced Nursing Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics 1A  (4.5 units)
 REMH8021  Chronic Disease in Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care  (4.5 units)

Stream - Remote Child Protection

 REMH8008  Remote Child Protection Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 REMH8009  Remote Child Protection Practice 2  (4.5 units

Or 9 units from the Option topics.

Option - Year 1 topics

 REMH8003  Fundamentals of Remote Allied Health Practice  (4.5 units)
 REMH8008  Remote Child Protection Practice 1  (4.5 units)
 REMH8009  Remote Child Protection Practice 2  (4.5 units)
 REMH8012  Project Management  (4.5 units)
 REMH8013  Public Health Principles for Remote & Indigenous practice  (4.5 units)
 REMH8014  Ethics, Power and Practice  (4.5 units)
 REMH8015  Research and Evidence Based Decision Making  (4.5 units)
 REMH8016  Remote Health Services Management in Practice  (4.5 units)
 REMH8021  Chronic Disease in Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care  (4.5 units)
 REMH8025  Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities  (4.5 units)
 REMH8026  Working with People with Disability in Remote and Indigenous Communities  (4.5 units)
 REMH9017  Remote Health Services: Strategic Management  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9504  Critical Practice in Indigenous Health  (4.5 units)
 PHCA9507  Health Promotion in Public Health  (4.5 units)

Other topics may be selected from other programs within Flinders University and from other universities with approval of the Course Coordinator.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board no topic may be attempted more than twice.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 9 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University Policy on Student Progress.