Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

Course J06AA (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Year and Campus: 2011 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


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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:

  • Practice effectively patient centred and preventive clinical care
  • Contribute to effective teamwork and manage change and risk in the workplace
  • Deliver safe and effective nursing care and case management to patients with chronic illness
  • Provide an evidence based approach to clinical care in a range of clinical areas of their choice that builds on their previous experience
Course Structure & Available Subjects: 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. The 100 credit points are made up of 3 core subjects: GENP90014 Preventive Health Care 12.5cps, 585 xxx Chronic Disease Management 25cps, 585 xxx Quality Systems and Safety 25cps, plus 3 x12.5 credit point elective subjects from list below


Subject Options:

Subject requirements

Core subjects

Students must complete the following core subjects (62.5 credit points)
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Not offered in 2011

Elective subjects

Choose three subjects from the list below

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Entry Requirements:

Applicants for the Postgraduate Certificate 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 (1) year professional experience in a clinical setting.

All enrolled students are required to have the following:

Registered Nurse (Division 1) in Victoria
Police record check
Working with Children check
Current CPR Certificate (** required for Immunisation and Travel Health subject)

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 :
Graduate Attributes:

It will prepare nurses to:

  • be a vital member of the general practice/primary care team;
  • contribute to the clinical care of patients;
  • be involved in quality improvement processes;
  • facilitate change in the practice setting;
  • improve access and health outcomes for patients;
  • provide better management of chronic conditions and an increased focus on prevention.

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