Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

Course J06AA (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


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Course Overview: The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing is a tailored programme for nurses working in a primary care setting that delivers comprehensive and evidence-based education in sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, youth health and chronic conditions. The programme also teaches strategies for health promotion, prevention, risk management and advanced nursing practice. Commonwealth government policy priorities in primary health care include an enhanced role for the practice nurse and this has been recognised in the course subjects. This programme is delivered by flexible education (distance, online and face-to-face).

On completion of the Diploma in Primary Care Nursing students should be able to:

  • Provide further evidence based approaches to a greater range of advanced clinical areas of their choice that builds on the previous subjects completed.
  • Practice effectively patient centred and preventive clinical care.
  • Manage the clinical care of patients across their lifecycle in a holistic way and engender health promotion strategies in primary care.
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Subject Electives:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing is a 100-credit-point, part-time, coursework program. Most students study part-time over four years, taking one subject per semester. Students must successfully complete eight specialist elective subjects from the list below to achieve the award.
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Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma are selected from:

Australian or overseas qualified nurses who hold a 3 year degree or diploma of nursing or approved equivalent AND have at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting.


Australian or overseas qualified nurses who have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Women Centred Clinical Care.

Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :
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Notes: Students must attend a compulsory orientation session for Diploma enrolments.

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