Gold CoastStudy Period 1,3,4Study Period 1,3,4

Unit description

Provides an overview of Nursing in the Australian context focusing on the health care system and the factors which influence the way it functions. Historical, socio-political and cultural factors will be presented to develop critical awareness of how these factors influence nursing, health care delivery, systems, services, and the health care workforce.

Unit content

  • Australian Health Care system
  • Health priorities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Rural and remote health nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Primary health care nursing
  • Cultural competence (including cultural diversity in Australia, cultural respect, safety)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's history, health, wellness and culture
  • Chronic disease management
  • Palliative care nursing
  • Aged care nursing
  • Academic writing skills
  • Health informatics and health technology in clinical nursing contexts
  • Professional culture and behaviours in the Australian health care context
  • Quality improvement methodologies

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Study Period 3

  • No prescribed texts.

Study Period 4

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast (intensive)

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 4 hrs/wk (4 wks )
Tutorial on-site 4 hrs/ wk (4 wks)
Tutorial online 1 hr/wk (8 wks )

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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