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Master of Primary Health Care Nursing

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Overview

The Master of Primary Health Care Nursing is tailored specifically for registered nurses working or intending to work in primary healthcare. It will assist you to develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to practise effectively within complex primary healthcare settings.

As a primary healthcare student, you will focus on the health needs of individuals, families and communities, and the importance of providing accessible and equitable healthcare. You will learn about chronic disease prevention and management, including relevant evidence-based, decision-making processes and practices, concepts of self-management and coordinated, quality care.

During this one and a half year degree, you will be led by leading researchers as you build upon your individual clinical experience. There is an emphasis on determinants of health, community needs assessment, community participation, health promotion models, health education and health literacy and how these inform and underpin primary health care in the community. You are also encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary work through electives and collaboration opportunities across the University's School of Public Health and the Charles Perkins Centre. A work-based project or research thesis will comprise the capstone experience of this degree, providing the opportunity for you to explore a particular area of your interest.

With the rising incidence of complex, chronic diseases and an ageing population, the need for skilled primary healthcare nursing leaders is greater than ever. This degree cultivates the skills and expertise to effectively respond to this growing need and also acts as a pathway into the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Important information
To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for coursework award courses in nursing.

The University of Sydney welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student's ability to meet the Inherent Requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. Please read the Inherent Requirements carefully as you consider your course choices.

Specialisations

There are no specialisations for this course.

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

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What you'll study

The Master of Primary Health Care Nursing requires a total of 60 credit points.

Core and elective units of study make up 48 points, and a capstone completes the degree and is a further 12 credit points.

Each unit of study has up to four face-to-face study days. A normal part-time load is two units of study per semester. Student learning is further supported by the University's eLearning.

Award units taken at graduate diploma and graduate certificate levels may also count towards a master's degree. Any non-award units of study already completed may also be credited towards a master's degree.

Units of Study

Capstone experience

The capstone is an important feature of Sydney Nursing School's postgraduate master's degrees. You have the choice of a research-based or professional practice capstone, providing an excellent opportunity to explore, in depth, a topic of professional interest.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Primary Health Care Nursing will hold:

  • (a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or 
  • (b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the School, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

In addition, the applicant is required to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements

Professional accreditation

The program is endorsed by primary health care organisations who support and/or employ registered nurses working in general practice, community health, ambulatory care or hospital-based units, rural and remote areas, telehealth, Indigenous health care and international health.

 

Future study options

If you have a particular interest in research, you have the option to take a research stream within any of Sydney Nursing School’s specialty postgraduate coursework degrees. This stream will develop your research skills and knowledge. It may also provide a pathway into the PhD program at Sydney Nursing School.

Graduate opportunities

Nurses who work in primary health care are today at the front line in caring for people with increasingly complex health needs. They are pivotal to the health of patients, their families and communities.

Primary health care is becoming one of the main health models in Australia and internationally and there will be many career opportunities for nurses with postgraduate qualifications in primary health care. A suitably educated primary health care focused workforce is already in short supply. With the rising incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases and multi-morbidities, confounded by an ageing population, the need for an appropriately prepared primary health care workforce is greater than ever.

The Master of Primary Health Care will enable graduates, as autonomous learners, to integrate and synthesise prior learning while critically exploring the professional context and sociopolitical climate in which contemporary primary health care is delivered. As a graduate of this program, you will advance your capacity for complex clinical decision-making by critically analysing a range of relevant issues affecting primary health care from a nursing perspective. In doing so, you will deepen your conceptual knowledge and skills.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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