Prior to 31 December 2015 (not offerd in 2015)

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing is a 36-unit course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and is available by distance education.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Nursing and the Master of Nursing, and the sequentially developed topics enable progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed a graduate certificate are normally awarded up to 18 units of credit towards the graduate diploma.

The Continence Nurse Advisor specialisation will be identified on the student''s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold an undergraduate or postgraduate nursing degree or equivalent qualification and be registered general nurses with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and holding a current practising certificate.

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

Course aims

The course aims to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in the area of continence nursing and to extend their general theoretical preparation in nursing knowledge and research .  

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the course are expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate their competency against the National Competencies for Continence Nurse Advisors
  • implement continence education and promotion in their day-to-day practice
  • provide a primary health approach to the broad spectrum of health issues presented to a continence nurse practitioner including physiological, anatomical, social, behavioural, gendered and cultural issues
  • assess continence across the human lifespan
  • use research to identify developments in nursing assessment and management of incontinence (urinary and faecal)

Program of study

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Continence Nurse Advisor), a student must complete 36 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

A student who fails the clinical component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for the entire topic.

The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within three consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice;
  • a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
  • the program must be completed full-time in two consecutive semesters or part-time in six consecutive semesters.

Core topics

18 units comprising

 NURS9120  Evidence-based Clinical Practice  (4.5 units)
 NURS9125  Population Health  (4.5 units)
 NURS9126  Leadership in Health Studies  (4.5 units)
 NURS9621  Epidemiology for Nurses and Midwives  (4.5 units)

Continence Nurse Advisor topics

18 units comprising:

NURS8706 Contexts of Continence Across the Life Span (4.5 units)
NURS8707 Clinical Practice for Continence Nursing (4.5 units)
NURS8708 Continence Nursing – Evidence for Practice (4.5 units)
NURS8709 Continence Nursing through a Primary Health Care Approach (4.5 units)