What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing is tailored specifically for registered nurses working or intending to work in primary health care. This program will assist you to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to practise effectively within complex primary health care settings.

The program focuses on the health needs of individuals, families and communities and providing accessible and equitable health care. You will explore the foundational principles and practices of primary health care. You will learn about chronic disease prevention and management, including relevant evidence-based decision-making processes and practices, concepts of self-management and coordinated, quality care. There will be an emphasis on determinants of health, community needs assessment, community participation, health promotion models, health education and health literacy and how these inform and underpin primary health care in the community.

You will explore ways in which you can enhance your understanding of primary health care educational and policy-based perspectives within the context of your own knowledge and personal practice. This will enable you to make a significant contribution to the development of your own practice, the practice of others, inter-professional delivery of evidence-based care and evidence-informed policy.

Completion of the Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree in the discipline or a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Future study options

Completion of the Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing can be used as credit towards the Master of Primary Health Care Nursing.

Graduate opportunities

Nurses who work in primary health care are today at the front line in caring for people with increasingly complex health needs. They are pivotal to the health of patients, their families and communities. Primary health care is becoming one of the main health models in Australia and internationally and there will be many career opportunities for nurses with postgraduate qualifications in primary health care. A suitably educated primary health care focused workforce is already in short supply. With the rising incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and multi-morbidities, confounded by an ageing population, the need for an appropriately prepared primary health care workforce is greater than ever.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health

CRICOS

079240J

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Year 1 Tuition fee: AUD $39,500; This indicative tuition fee is subject to annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

24 February 2020

Venue

Mallett Street Campus

Sydney Nursing School, The University of Sydney,

88 Mallett Street,

CAMPERDOWN,

New South Wales,

2050, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney. English Language Requirements: TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 17 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 19 in Writing; IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.0 in each band; TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in Writing.

For international students

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care Nursing will hold:

a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or

an embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

TOEFL - IBT score: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 23 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 25 in Writing

IELTS score: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band

TOEFL - PBT score: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing

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About this uni

The University of Sydney ranks number one in Australia and fourth in the world for graduate employability (2018 QS Graduate Employability Rankings).

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