NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care (8)

This subject will expose students to international and national perspectives of primary health care and develop their practice based experience of primary health care as a way of working that is sustainable for communities and the profession. A group project will form the basis of the experiential learning in this subject and will culminate in presentation of outcomes either as a publication suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal or a presentation to peers and/or the broader nursing community.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS326. 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

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course and Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).


( NRS211 and NRS311 ) or ( NRS378 and NRS381 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse the influences of social determinants of health on communities and advocate for change in a professional manner (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3).
  • be able to critically analyse the influences of culture on health from international and national perspectives (NMBA 1.3, 2.3, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3).
  • be able to explain the role of government and non-government sectors in health globally and nationally (NMBA 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3).
  • be able to identify and provide evidence-based strategies that enable change and sustainability for communities (NMBA 1.2, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.3, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 10.1, 10.3).
  • be able to critically analyse epidemiological concepts and data that impact on the health of communities (NMBA 1.3, 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5).
  • be able to apply the values and principles of social justice and equity in health care (NMBA 2.3, 2.4, 2.6, 5.3,6.1, 7.7, 7.8, 9.3, 10.1, 10.3, 10.4).
  • be able to reflect on working collaboratively in a team (NMBA 4.4, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4).
  • be able to collaborate with peers to create a professional education session (NMBA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 9.2).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Global and National Health: World Health Organisation - global leadership. Perspectives, policies, priorities, programs and impacts. Organising and organisations for health and social care (government and non-government sectors/organisations). Ecological perspectives of health and nursing practice.
  • Primary Health Care and Nursing Practice: Advocacy, efficacy and empowerment. Leadership, health promotion and education for health. Working with individuals and communities.
  • Building Pictures for Ways of Working: Models of Care:.Needs and wants - whose priorities; assessment and consultation. Ways of working. Inter-sectorial and inter professional collaboration. Community as client: community as partner. When something goes awry (disasters and nursing).
  • A Primary Health Care Framework for Practice: Transitioning from student to Registered Nurse. Interprofessional and intersectorial relationships. Working in teams. Conflict resolution. Nurse as educator and nurse as leader. Ethico-legal practice. Application of PHC principles. Safe, culturally appropriate, evidence based. Self management (professional behaviours). Self awareness: communication; stress management; personal risk management. Workload management: priorities and decision making; asking for assistance.
  • Organisational Factors: Culture. Resource management (human, material and financial).
  • Sharing the Evidence: Preparing and presenting a position paper. Preparing for publication.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of NRS326 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Written analytical reflection
Online assessment

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.