Nursing schools in Australia have an excellent reputation internationally for providing high quality nurse education programs designed to service every sector of the health care industry.

Historically, nursing in Australia began its transition to the university education sector 25 years ago. Subsequently, all states of Australia implemented nursing education courses in tertiary institutions. Since then, it has become a country at the cutting edge of professional nursing education and scholarship. Nursing education at all levels in Australia is acknowledged worldwide as being comprehensive, challenging, dynamic and of high academic standard.

All Schools of Nursing in Australia have developed curricula, from undergraduate preregistration programs through to postgraduate and doctoral studies. Integrated within these study programs is the opportunity to complete study abroad units and certified continuing education packages that target specific areas of professional practice.

Postgraduate Courses
Numerous postgraduate study courses are available throughout Australia, designed to meet the changing health-care environment, and the greater complexity of the registered nurse’s role in the provision of health care. The courses aim to develop advanced practitioners in nursing specialities; areas of focus include management, education, health promotion, research and a variety of clinical specialities. Students are provided with opportunities to expand their knowledge base, to increase their understanding of international health, and to gain expertise and experience allowing them to practise as advanced health professionals on a worldwide basis. As postgraduate courses also include research design, preparation and thesis writing, students are also well placed to pursue further studies at Master and Doctoral levels. Health management and administration courses include: strategic planning, quality improvement, nursing management, human resource management, financial management, and patient classification systems. This content facilitates the development of expertise in health management principles and practices that can be utilised across any health care environment.

Masters and Doctoral Studies
Masters and doctoral studies provide opportunity for students to research in greater depth specific health administration and management concepts relevant to their own specific areas. Postgraduate courses in nursing education include generic educational units, such as staff development, reflective practice, curriculum design, and effective teaching and learning. Health education and promotion provides avenues for students to pursue courses specifically targeted at health counselling, behavioural health science, substance abuse management, mental health, and women’s and men’s health. Clinical speciality areas offer opportunities to those nurses wishing to advance their competencies and knowledge in clinically-based practice areas. Universities in Australia have developed postgraduate courses in clinical areas such as midwifery, neonates, paediatrics, critical care, nephrology, mental health, emergency, neurosciences, orthopaedics, oncology, spinal injuries, operating room, respiratory and cardiothoracic nursing.

Clinical Nursing
Many universities have structured their courses on a collaborative teaching model with major public and private hospitals, enabling them to offer dynamic postgraduate courses in clinical nursing. With the strong involvement of the clinical areas, the courses are academically rigorous, relevant and practical to the reality of the changing health care environments in which we work all today. English study programs can be undertaken prior to commencing full-time postgraduate study, if needed to meet entry requirements. Additional English language study can then be incorporated into your program to support the progress of your study.

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