Course summary

The role of the primary health care and general practice nurse is expanding and evolving. In line with current health reforms, nurses now occupy positions of advanced practice and leadership in primary care settings. 

Our Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing is designed for busy registered nurses who want access to further professional development.

Through studies in primary health care practice and philosophy, managing chronic and complex health conditions, clinical reasoning and assessment, you gain skills and experience in the particular world of primary health care, consolidating their clinical and professional knowledge. In bringing you up-to-date with the latest clinical and professional initiatives, this course recognises, supports and broadens the important contribution that nurses make in our communities.

It's also a stepping stone to further postgraduate study, research, advanced practice nursing or to the role of Nurse Practitioner in primary health care.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.

The course includes studies in primary health care practice and philosophy, managing chronic and complex health conditions, and gaining skills in clinical reasoning and assessment. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence


Apply knowledge and skills creatively in health and community related challenges

Ethical practice

Demonstrate well developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) in primary health care situations

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in primary health care settings

Lifelong learning

Reflect on, assess and regulate their own learning and research capabilities and performance with personal autonomy and accountability

Locate, analyse, evaluate, manage and use information from a range of sources with an emphasis on evidence based primary health care

Communication and social skills

Communicate to demonstrate understanding of theoretical concepts and to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences

Work in collaboration with others and in a team to achieve self-determined goals

Cultural competence

Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols

Demonstrate cultural competence in incorporating individual's cultural perspectives into health care provision

Course overview

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Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

8 months full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Online 2 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing a candidate shall successfully complete all units listed in the Schedule of Units.