Melbourne Medical School General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre 

Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing is a tailored course for nurses working in a primary care setting that delivers comprehensive and evidence-based education in sexual and reproductive health, women’s health, youth health and chronic conditions. The course also teaches strategies for health promotion, prevention, risk management and advanced nursing practice. Commonwealth government policy priorities in primary health care include an enhanced role for the practice nurse and this has been recognised in the course subjects. This is a part-time course delivered by flexible education (distance, online and face-to face).

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On completion of the Diploma in Primary Care Nursing students should be able to:

Course structure

To attain the Diploma in Primary Care Nursing, students must complete 100 credit points, comprising of three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects.

Completion of the postgraduate diploma provides credit toward the Masters in Advanced Nursing Practice (Melbourne School of Health Sciences, Nursing). Selected subjects are available to students enrolled in the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice. Enrolment is dependent on meeting prescribed registration and clinical experience requirements. Enrolment in a single subject is also available via the Community Access Program.

Core subjects

Elective subjects

Entry requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of qualifications, as listed below, at the time of application submission:

Other supporting documents such as a police check, Working With Children Check and first aid certificates are required for subjects that involve a clinical placement. Where needed, these documents will be requested during enrolment.


Overseas students are eligible to study all subjects by distance education in their home country, except for GENP90011: Mental Health in Primary Care, GENP90015: Youth Health in Primary Care and GENP90008: Women’s Health Screening.

Application forms

Local applicants (Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents) should apply directly to the University through the online application system.

NOTE: This course is listed as Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing not Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing.

Closing date for applications for Semester 1 2015 is on 28 November 2014. Late applications will be considered.
Students can apply for mid-year entry; Semester 2 applications will close by end of June 2015.

Fees & Fee-HELP

Contact details

Prospective students should contact:
Tracy Murphy
Postgraduate Nursing Programs Coordinator
Work days: M, W, T
Weilun Nien
Research Training Administrator
T: +61 3 9035 3821

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