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, interprofessional, 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 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.

Subject Outlines
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Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS535. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

 Master of Nursing 

Master of Midwifery

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Assumed Knowledge

Registered nurse knowledge and experience.

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.


This 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.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will be mentored in their clinical practice by an experience advanced nurse and or general practitioner for 40 hours (5 days) of supervised practice. A collaborative competency based learning contract will support their advancing practice.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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.