Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice

If you're a health professional, and particularly if you're based in a rural or remote community in Australia or overseas, this James Cook University (JCU) Graduate Diploma is designed to provide you with a pathway for advancing your academic and clinical expertise. You will be able to undertake a range of subjects that will enable you to be effective and confident in delivering rural and remote health services, utilising your full scope of professional practice to respond to the diverse healthcare needs of your community.

To be considered for this course, you need to have achieved a health-related Bachelor degree and have at least two years' professional experience in your field.

If you're an international student, provided you fulfil JCU's admission and work integrated learning requirements, you can study this course online from your home country. Alternatively, if you're in Australia with a work visa and you're working in an Australian hospital or remote setting already, you can apply to study this course while your Visa allows you to work in Australia.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1 year full time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus, Off campus
Prerequisites
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline completed more than two years prior to admission

Career opportunities

This qualification will be valued and respected by employers and communities seeking to answer diverse healthcare needs when there are limited resources available. It is for you if you already work in - or plan to work in - a hospital, private clinic or Aboriginal Health Service in a rural or remote community - and you want to gain competencies that will enable you to advance your career and serve your community. You will expand your competencies and career options if you're a:

  • Nutritionist/Dietician
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Radiographer
  • Speech Pathologist.

Course highlights

This JCU Graduate Diploma course will meet your professional development needs and help you advance your career. The course is designed in consultation with Queensland Health, by professionals who have worked in Indigenous, rural and remote locations, who know the sorts of demands you'll face, and who have developed skills and strategies they'll share with you. You'll learn:

  • Approaches to identifying and developing strategies to resolve complex rural and remote community issues
  • How to build strong networks that can assist you when you're working in remote/isolated environments
  • How to use technologies to deliver improved care
  • How to apply creativity in answering diverse healthcare needs.

Course overview

This important 1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Graduate Diploma program is presented by JCU's internationally-recognised Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. It has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland University of Technology and the Department of Health, Queensland.

You will undertake the core module of Advanced Practice within the Rural and Remote Context. Then you will be able to select from a range of subjects which include discipline-specific subjects to build professional practice skills. As well there are a range of subjects that you can select to help build other important skills needed to practice in rural and remote locations. These include:

  • Rehabilitation for Disability across the Lifespan
  • Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions
  • Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice
  • Effective Clinical Governance
  • Leading and Managing in Health
  • Rehabilitation and Evidence Based Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Planning and Evaluation for Primary Healthcare.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

OT5200:03 Advanced Practice Within the Rural and Remote Context

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points of specific subjects from List 1

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of specific subjects from List 2

PLUS

Select 3 credit points of specific subjects from List 3

PLUS

Select 6 credit points of any postgraduate subject

List 1

HS5106:03 Planning and Evaluation for Primary Health Care

NS5331:03 Effective Clinical Governance

NS5339:03 Leading and Managing in Health or TM5513:03 Public Health Management or PUN210:03 Contemporary Health Management (QUT) or PUN017:03 Health Planning and Evaluation (QUT)

NS5342:03 Principles of Education for the Profession or HLN720:03 Clinical Education in Health (QUT)

OT5202:03 Cultural Competency Principles in Australian Healthcare Practice

RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice or HLN707:03 Research Methods in Health (QUT)

List 2

CSN021:03 Cardiac Ultrasound 1 (QUT)

CSN025:03 Principles of Medical Ultrasound (QUT)

CSN026:03 Ultrasonic Examination 1 (QUT)

CSN500:06 Podiatric Therapeutics 1 (QUT)

HLN004:03 Chronic Conditions Prevention and Management (QUT)

HS5381:03 Health Promotion for Diabetes

NS5367:03 Advanced Topics in Dietetics Practice

NS5380:03 Clinical Management of Diabetes

NS5382:03 Applied Diabetes Education and Management

NS5383:03 Diabetes Professional Practice

OT5005:03 Advanced Topics in Clinical Practice

PC5005:03 Safety and Quality in Pharmaceutical Practice

PC5513:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Management of Chronic Diseases 1

PC5514:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health– Management of Chronic Diseases 2

PC5518:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Management of Chronic Diseases 3

PS5101:03 Clinical Expert Updates for Physiotherapy

RH5201:03 Rehabilitation for Disability Across the Lifespan

RH5202:03 Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions

RH5206:03 Assistive Technology Strategies to enable personal autonomy

RH5800:03 Advanced Topics in Podiatric Practice

SL5200:03 Advanced Practice in Dysphagia

SL5201:03 Advanced Practice in Adult Speech Pathology

SL5202:03 Advanced Practice in Paediatric Speech Pathology

List 3

HS5381:03 Health Promotion for Diabetes

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

NS5341:03 Business and Finance for the Health Manager

NS5380:03 Clinical Management of Diabetes

NS5382:03 Applied Diabetes Education and Management

NS5383:03 Diabetes Professional Practice

OT5201:03 Advanced Mental Health Practice

PC5520:03 Pharmaceutical Public Health – Pharmacovigilance

PS5108:03 Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

PS5109:03 Ergonomics

RH5205:03 Palliative Care for Allied Health Professionals

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5570:03 Public Health Evaluation

Pathway into course

For prerequisites and pathways into this course visit the admission requirements section in the Handbook

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice

Course code

117506

Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Division

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant health discipline, from this or another university, more than two years prior to admission.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply advanced rural and remote generalist knowledge and skills to healthcare service delivery with a high level of independence and proficiency.
  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, synthesise and apply established and evolving evidence in order to develop innovative solutions for local healthcare challenges
  • Demonstrate clinical leadership in planning, implementation and evaluation of service development and quality improvement in the local service setting
  • Expertly communicate using high-level oral and written English language
  • Demonstrate high-level responsibility and accountability for professional healthcare practice

What is Rural Generalist Practice?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.