Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

309701 v.1 Postgraduate Diploma in Health in Ageing


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


This course is designed to prepare registered nurses for a professional leadership role in caring for the older person across a range of settings. Key elements of the curriculum are critical thinking, professional accountability, advanced assessment skills, evidenced based practice, leadership and competence to practise 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 an expanded role, professional leadership and 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 (non-degree) will be offered to nurses registered in Division One with the Nurses Board butwithout 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 ofScience 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 & 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 of 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 Health in Ageing.

Course Organisation

Students will complete the clinical practice unit of this course in an approved clinical nursing setting under the precentorship of a registered nurse with experience working with older people.

Professional Recognition

Not applicable

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to seek employment in a leadership position in a range of health care settings where the nursing focus is on older people, including, residential aged care, 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 & Midwifery before making application for the course. Please refer to the General Section at the front of the handbook.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

307484 v.1   Diagnostics 561 4.0 25.0
309704 v.1   Health in Ageing Nursing Specialisation 562 50.0
309705 v.1   Health in Ageing Nursing Practice 562 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 to select from in Semester 2 (No year level specified) Hrs/Wk Credits
301413 v.3   Health Contract 590 8.0 50.0
303032 v.2   Ageing and Mental Health 502 2.0 25.0
303685 v.2   Ageing and Palliative Care 601 2.0 25.0
305653 v.2   Rehabilitation Nursing 562 3.0 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
307053 v.1   Inquiry into Quality Patient Care 532 3.0 25.0
307497 v.1   Partnership Models 562 4.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1       Y  
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2       Y  

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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