Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

307494 v.3 Postgraduate Diploma in Family and Community Health


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course is designed to prepare registered nurses for the diverse role of the community health nurse. Key elements of the curriculum are professional accountability, evidenced-based practice, partnership models and competence to practice. To provide for the development of competency in clinical decision-making and clinical judgment within the student's specialty of choice the curriculum includes a preceptored clinical practicum.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Applicants must be registered in division I with the Nurses Board of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing), or its equivalent. Alternate mode of entry (non-degree) will be offered to nurses registered in Division I with the Nurses Board of Western Australia but without an undergraduate degree. Non-degree students must meet the School of Nursing and Midwifery's criteria for alternate mode of entry. Nurses without a comprehensive nurse or midwifery qualification will be required to complete a maternity nursing program prior to entry. International applicants must be registered in Division I with the Nurses Board of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or its equivalent and meet English language competency as per university entry requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is two semesters full-time or equivalent part-time study.

Course Organisation

Students will complete the clinical practice unit of this course in an approved community agency under the preceptorship of a community health nurse.

Professional Recognition

Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions in Community Health (Child Health, School Health or General Community Health).

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to seek employment in community health practice in metropolitan, rural and remote area settings.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
306931 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Primary Health Care 561 6.0 25.0
306934 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Promoting Health 561 6.0 25.0
307495 v.1   Developmental Health 561 4.0 25.0

Year 2 Semester 2

307498 v.1   Community Nursing Specialisation 562 8.0 50.0
307499 v.1   Community Nursing Practice 562 36.0 25.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
5755 v.6   Managerial Effectiveness 571 3.0 25.0
6115 v.9   Health Services Management 584 3.0 25.0
13367 v.2   Health Services Quality Development 583 3.0 25.0
306933 v.1   Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Health Care Practice 561 6.0 25.0
306939 v.1   Addiction Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice 562 6.0 25.0
306942 v.1   Advanced Practice - Women's Health 562 3.75 25.0
306943 v.1   Advanced Practice - Sexually Transmissible Infections 562 3.75 25.0
307449 v.1   Counselling Theory and Practice (1) 512 3.0 25.0
307450 v.2   Communication Skills and Self-Awareness 511 3.0 25.0
307496 v.1   Immunisation 562 4.0 25.0
NB Students may select an optional unit from any postgraduate course within the University, if it compliments the selected study pathway and on approval by the Course Coordinator.


Availability Information has not been provided by the respective School or Area. Prospective/current students should contact the School or Area listed above for further information.

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