Remote Area Nursing
Centre for Remote Health

Post Graduate Studies
The Nursing stream of the Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice provides the opportunity for nurses to develop a framework for advanced nursing practice to confidently and competently recognise, assess and manage conditions across the lifespan in remote and Indigenous primary health care settings.

The nursing stream consists of the following two foundation Remote Health practice topics:

  • Context of Remote & Indigenous Health (4.5 units)
  • Remote & Indigenous Primary Health Care (4.5 units)

Then builds on this knowledge with the following two focussed nursing practice topics:

  • Remote Advanced Nursing Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics 1A (4.5 units)
  • Chronic Disease in Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care (4.5 units)

These provide the foundation for nursing practice in the unique environmental and cultural context of Remote Health. Using the RAN model of consultation students apply principles of comprehensive health assessment, history taking, systems examination, diagnostics, cross cultural communication, distance consultations and referrals for remote and Indigenous people at critical points in the lifespan. Students develop knowledge and skills to support Primary Health Care interventions and clinical procedures in the areas of common acute, urgent and chronic conditions.

Students can then continue on to complete a: 


Further Information
Detailed information on the program of study, topic descriptions and entry requirements can be found on the Flinders University website: 

Short Courses and Workshops
The following short courses offered by the Centre for Remote Health may be of interest to you.

  • Assessment and Care Planning in Rural, Remote & Indigenous Communities
    The course is designed for those who provide assessment and care co-ordination for old people, people with disabilities, people with mental health issues and other vulnerable people in the community.

  • Framing Indigenous Health
    This workshop provides health professionals with a foundation for working effectively in remote and Indigenous communities. It examines significant issues remote communities face and the subsequent impact on service delivery. It places an emphasis on understanding health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

  • Introduction to Central Australian Aboriginal Cultures and Context
    This one day workshop is specifically designed for people living and working in Central Australia. The course explores cross cultural communications and introduces the concept of cultural safety and Indigenous cultures in Central Australia. It also outlines the health status of Indigenous peoples, the social determinants of health and how health influences all aspects of life.

  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Remote Area Nurses
    This course offers both online and face to face delivery options and is designed for Remote Area Nurses (RANs) or Registered Nurses who work in or are planning to work in remote and isolated practice. It covers conditions, both chronic and acute, that are common to remote practice and challenges participants to think beyond the general scope of nursing.

  • Recognising and Responding to Dementia in Indigenous Communities
    This course is designed for primary health care and related workers who work in remote and Indigenous communities. Participants will develop a clear understanding of dementia as well as develop other skills and strategies to assess people, and assist both the person with dementia and their family in managing their dementia. One of the assessment tools you will learn to use will be the Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment (KICA).

  • Remote Trauma Skills
    This workshop is designed for Remote Area Nurses, Registered Nurses, GPs, Medical Students and Physiotherapists. It aims to provide participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be able to safely assess and manage the principles of triage, basic suturing and how to apply a backslab within a pre-hospital environment

  • Responding to Child Abuse & Neglect
    This workshop is designed for Remote Area Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals, Aboriginal Health Workers, Doctors, Pharmacists, Managers, Support Staff & Community Workers employed in primary health care settings, whose work brings them into contact with children & young people. It is designed to raise awareness, knowledge and skills in identifying and responding to children who may be in danger of experiencing child abuse and neglect and to respond accordingly.

  • Rethinking Mental Health in Rural and Remote Australia
    This Rethinking Mental Health short course will help you extend your skills and knowledge in understanding what a mental health problem is, how to manage risks and crises, and how to engage in helpful conversations with people experiencing mental health difficulties while also looking after yourself.

  • Transition to Remote Area Nursing
    This 3 week face-to-face program prepares registered nurses with the skills and knowledge required to become effective members of remote primary health care teams. Modules include Framing Indigenous Health, Remote Advanced Nursing Practice, Fracture Management and Pharmacotherapeutics for RANs. With a focus on cultural safety, hands on skills acquisition and relevant learning, the 3 weeks is an ideal preparation for remote area nursing.

  • Working with People with Disabilities in Remote and Indigenous Communities
    Indigenous Australians are twice as likely as people in the non-Indigenous community to have a disability, and this has resulted in an increased demand for services. This short course/topic will help you further develop your skills and knowledge for working with people with disabilities in this challenging cross cultural context.


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