The Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice is an 18-unit program which is offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health. The program is only available on a part-time basis.
The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Remote Health Practice and the Master of Remote and Indigenous Health and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.
Students in the programs undertake two core topics and are then able to select a specialty stream in either Ageing and Disability, Allied Health, Management, Medical or Nursing.
The course was developed in collaboration with the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (now CRANA Plus) building on work with the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied health (SARRAH) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM). It is offered on an external basis through Flinders Learning Online and residential intensives.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution in a health related field.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice aims to prepare health professionals new to remote contexts to work with the people and professionals of Remote Areas to keep remote and Indigenous people well and manage ill-health.
It aims to provide education at a foundational level across three major content areas that underpin practice within the discipline of Remote Health locally, nationally and internationally.
These content areas are:
- the remote context – an inseparable work and living environment characterised by unique cultural, linguistic, social, economic, geographical, and climatic conditions
- public health – a population based framework for planning, developing, managing and evaluating initiatives and programs to promote health and prevent disease
- application to practice – the inter-professional and profession specific skills, knowledge and attributes required for competent, confident, accountable remote and Indigenous Health practice within a Primary Health Care framework
At the completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of specialised knowledge in the context of primary health care, Indigenous contexts, and the social determinants
- review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to engage with community to identify local solutions to complex problems within a framework of cultural safety and Primary Health Care
- apply knowledge and skills with initiative and judgement related to diverse cultural and linguistic contexts of remote and Indigenous primary health care practice, locally and internationally
Program of study
To qualify for The Graduate Certificate in Remote Health Practice, a student must complete 18 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study
Core - Year 1 topics
9 units comprising:
REMH8001 Context of Remote & Indigenous Health (4.5 units)
REMH8002 Remote & Indigenous Primary Health Care (4.5 units)
Option - Year 1 topics
Plus 9 units selected from:
REMH8003 Fundamentals of Remote Allied Health Practice (4.5 units)
REMH8006 Remote Advanced Nursing Practice & Pharmacotherapeutics 1A (4.5 units)
REMH8007 Remote Advanced Nursing Practice Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
REMH8021 Chronic Disease in Remote and Indigenous Primary Health Care (4.5 units)
Other topics may be selected from other programs within Flinders University and from other universities with approval of the Course Coordinator.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education) no topic may be attempted more than twice.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in 9 or more units may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University Policy on Student Progress.