NRS170 Context of Nursing Practice 1 (8)

This subject develops an understanding of the primary health care approach to health care. Primary health care is a philosophy of service provision and a means of delivering health care to communities which is acceptable to the community, is at a cost the community can afford and involves the participation of the community. Students will examine factors influencing health and health behaviour, principles of health promotion and the role of nurses and other health care workers, self-care and self-management. Principles of health promotion and education will be presented and used by the students to carry out practice-based activities. Application of knowledge to practice will be facilitated through placement in appropriate health care settings.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge
Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • discuss the concepts of primary health care
  • describe the social, cultural, economic, biological and environmental factors influencing health
  • identify the distribution of health/related states or events in specified populations
  • identify the links between a healthy environment and health status
  • discuss factors influencing an individual's health behaviour
  • describe the factors affecting therapeutic and persuasive communication
  • integrate principles of health promotion in teaching patients skills to promote selfcare and selfmanagement
  • describe the role of the media in conveying health messages
  • discuss community development in primary health care
  • discuss the concepts of health education
  • discuss the process of teaching and learning
  • describe the nurse's role as a health educator
  • define the concept of health promotion
  • identify levels of prevention and discuss their relationship to health promotion
  • discuss the role of health promotion in optimising the health of the individual and the community
  • compare and contrast the effectiveness of different evaluation methods used in health promotion
  • integrate principles of health promotion in assessing, designing and planning, implementing and evaluating an effective program in the community and health care facility
  • discuss primary health care initiatives in the hospital setting
  • discuss the use of health informatics in primary health care and the impact on health outcomes


This subject will cover the following topics:

* The concept of primary health care, including the availability and distribution of resources. * Health status, including the social, cultural, economic, biological and environmental factors which influence health. * Demography and epidemiology. * Healthy environment. * Understanding health behaviour. * Developing communication skills to encourage individual responsibility for health. * Use of media to convey health messages. * Community development. * Self-care - encouraging the client to attain and maintain health. * Health education in primary health care. * Health promotion in primary health care. * Primary health care in hospitals. * Health development support eg. health information systems.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.