Primary Health Care Undergraduate Nursing Program

The undergraduate nursing program is designed and delivered by the BHUDRH in partnership with Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation and the Far West Local Health District and Remote Clusters.

The program also works in collaboration with Justice Health and Aboriginal Medical Services within far west NSW to enhance student placement opportunities.

- To provide undergraduate nursing students with a rural and remote primary health care experience that is underpinned by culturally safe and supported practice.

- To promote rural and remote career pathways in primary health care and Indigenous health for nursing students.

Photo Courtesy Paul Bennett
Photo Courtesy Paul Bennett
Photo Courtesy Paul Bennett

Problem-Based Learning

To provide a Problem-Based Learning case that motivates students, provides relevance and context related to Indigenous health in rural and remote NSW, encourages higher order thinking and authenticity of response.

This Problem Based Learning (PBL) case has been developed to support undergraduate nurses undertaking an elective Primary Health Care clinical placement in the far west of NSW. It is hoped that these undergraduates gain a holistic and comprehensive insight into the clinical and public health issues that confront Indigenous people living in rural and remote communities as well as the social and emotional wellbeing challenges. Issues of accessibility and culturally appropriate service provision will also be woven into this PBL.

This PBL will grow in parallel to the length of time students are located within the region undertaking their clinical placement. During the 5-day regional learning period students will be introduced to their PBL. The PBL consists of a scenario, which builds over the placement duration and are designed to be completed on a weekly basis using the resources provided, as well as placement site personnel and clients as appropriate (following discussions with student’s Indigenous Preceptor). Students will be expected to seek support and direction from host-site staff and their cultural preceptors. Each week students will receive additional information and resources to progress their PBL case.

Students are expected to critically analyse and reflect on their learnings and how current mainstream health practices and social expectations impact on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. Students are expected to verbalise through their reflective journals what they have learned through the PBL, any changes they see in themselves and what changes to their practice do they see now or in the future as a result of the learning from the PBL activity.

Useful resources

Rural & Remote PHC Placement Overview (pdf)

Australian College of Nursing

Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation (CHAC)

Bourke Aboriginal Health Service

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service

Brewarrina Aboriginal Health Service Ltd

Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation

Introducing Chalkie’s Demon Diary: Mike White’s occasional rants & reflections during the progress of his illness. Mike White took early retirement in the autumn of 2014 due to advanced prostate cancer with metastatic spread to the hip bone. The ‘Demon Diary’ will be occasional rants and reflections during the progress of the illness and a means of signing off from the arts in health field in which he has worked for nigh on thirty years from ploughboy to scarecrow. He once wrote a book about it all called Arts Development in Community Health: a social tonic (2009). This book is available at the BHUDRH Far West Health Library.

Placement Enquiries

If you would like to find out more about rural and remote primary health care placements, please contact your university lecturer or the BHUDRH Program Coordinator:

Paul Bennett
Primary Health Care Education Officer
Phone: 08 8080 1205.
Email Paul

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