NRS535 Primary Health Care: A Pathway to Better Health (8)


In this subject students will develop knowledge and skills in the design, development, provision and evaluation of primary health care which is accessible, clinically and culturally appropriate, timely and affordable. Students will explore collaborative, inter professional, community based, consumer driven primary health care models. There will be a focus on primary health care nursing practice provision to deliver an integrated, coordinated approach to the continuity of care. The importance of illness prevention, health promotion and education will be emphasised. Improving quality, safety and accountability for care by open transparent monitoring, reporting and measurement of health outcomes will be explored. National and International documents such as Australia’s First National Primary Health Care Strategy (2010) will guide the learning in this subject. Students undertaking this subject will negotiate mentoring from a suitably qualified health professional to practice advanced nursing competencies and if necessary negotiate with their employer to work in the specialty area for a certain time to meet their learning objectives in the subject.

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Session 1
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS535
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge

Registered nurses with a current practising certificate and education gained in their undergraduate qualification.

Enrolment restrictions

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing (with specialisations), Graduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations), Master of Nursing (with specialisations), Master of Midwifery or the Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to conceptualise the design, development provision and evaluation of primary health care and reflect on the role of the nurse in this context.
  • be able to lead initiatives to improve access and equity to universally available culturally appropriate health care.
  • be able to recognise the significance of the social determinants of health in health service planning and provision and their impact on individuals, families and communities.
  • be able to lead collaborative, community based consumer driven models of primary health care.
  • be able to lead an integrated, coordinated approach to the continuity of care where improved health literacy and self management of care by the individual and families, groups and communities is the focus.
  • be able to adapt illness prevention, health promotion and health education strategies into diverse areas of primary health care nursing practice for diverse populations.
  • be able to monitor and evaluate individual and community health status to measure health outcomes by undertaking research.
  • be able to evaluate the impact of health promotion strategies by measuring short, medium and long term goals.
  • be able to engage in the collaborative inter professional delivery of primary health care.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Primary health care principles and models for practice.
  • Integrated coordinated continuity of care.
  • Illness prevention, health promotion and health education.
  • Safety, quality and accountability.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 7 days duration. Students will be mentored in their clinical practice by an experience advanced nurse and or general practitioner for 50 hours of supervised practice. A collaborative competency based learning contract will support their advancing practice.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.