Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

309621 v.1 Postgraduate Diploma in Domiciliary Nursing


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


This course is designed to prepare registered nurses for a leadership role in domiciliary nursing. Key elements of the curriculum are critical thinking, professional accountability, advanced assessment skills, evidenced based practice, leadership and competence to practice at an advanced level. To provide for the development of competency in clinical decision making and clinical judgement the curriculum includes a preceptored practicum. Additional units will prepare the nurse for expanded domiciliary practice, professional leadership and work in research foundations.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Prospective students must be a nurse registered in Division One, Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or its equivalent. Alternate mode of entry will be offered to nurses registered in Division One with the Nurses Board but without an undergraduate degree. Non-degree applicants must meet the School of Nursing and Midwifery's criteria for alternate entry. International applicants must be registered in Division One with the Nurses Board of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science Degree or its equivalent and meet the English competency as per the University's entrance requirements.


Prospective students are advised that a Police Clearance may be required for students in specific courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Students may also be required to have current competency in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

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 duration or equivalent part-time.

Intermediate Awards I

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of the Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate awards approved for this course appear below.

Intermediate Awards II

Graduate Certificate in Domicialiary Nursing.

Course Organisation

Students will complete the clinical practice unit of this course in an approved domiciliary setting under the preceptorship of an experienced practice domiciliary nurse.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to seek employment with domiciliary nursing agencies or with home visiting programs coordinated by hospitals, rehabilitation units or medical practices in metropolitan and rural settings.

Additional Course Expenses

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

Special Note

Prospective students are advised to contact the relevant course coordinator to determine whether the University's policy on communicable diseases applies to specific courses offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery before making application for the course. Please refer to the General Section at the front of this handbook.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

307484 v.1   Diagnostics 561 4.0 25.0
309619 v.1   Domiciliary Nursing Specialisation 562 8.0 50.0
309620 v.1   Domiciliary Nursing Practice 562 8.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

4712 v.3   Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582 4.0 25.0
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
5755 v.6   Managerial Effectiveness 571 3.0 25.0
Optional units (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
301410 v.2   Diabetes Education 541 8.0 50.0
301525 v.2   Infection Control Nursing 631 3.0 25.0
301950 v.3   Research and Evaluation in International Health 600 8.0 25.0
303032 v.2   Ageing and Mental Health 502 2.0 25.0
303685 v.2   Ageing and Palliative Care 601 2.0 25.0
306931 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Primary Health Care 561 6.0 25.0
306933 v.1   Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Health Care Practice 561 6.0 25.0
306934 v.1   Advanced Nursing Practice - Promoting Health 561 6.0 25.0
306939 v.1   Addiction Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice 562 6.0 25.0
306943 v.1   Advanced Practice - Sexually Transmissible Infections 562 3.75 25.0
307053 v.1   Inquiry into Quality Patient Care 532 3.0 25.0
307485 v.1   Pharmacology 521 3.0 25.0
307487 v.2   Pharmacotherapeutics 522 4.0 25.0
307495 v.1   Developmental Health 561 4.0 25.0
307496 v.1   Immunisation 562 4.0 25.0
308411 v.1   Diabetes and Pregnancy 543 4.0 25.0


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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