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ANP5001 Introduction to Rural and Remote Nursing Practice

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Intr Rural & Remote Nurse Prac
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060399 - Nursing not classified
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Raelene Ward


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: PDEV or MNSG or GCHH or GDHH or MOHH or GDNG

Other requisites

The enrolling student must be a Division 1 Registered Nurse registered with AHPRA.


To practice effectively in rural and remote areas, nurses must develop an understanding of the context of practice and the socio-cultural and geographic features that affect health and health care provision in rural and remote communities A sound working knowledge of the political contexts, legal implications of advanced nursing practice, cultural safety and safe practice and environment principles are required skills for nurses providing care to rural/remote clientele, inclusive of Indigenous Australians and non-English speaking background individuals throughout the world.


This course contains three modules of study which together provide registered nurses with a detailed exploration of the context of rural and remote area practice including professional practice frameworks; an awareness of cultural safety principles, and an understanding of the primary health care and social justice approaches to rural and remote area health care delivery.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. critically assess the effects of health policy and health service provision on the health and wellbeing of rural and remote peoples and nursing practice in rural and remote areas.
  2. critically analyse the influence of biophysical and socio-cultural contexts of rural and remote communities, on the health and wellbeing of people living in these communities.
  3. evaluate theories of culture as they relate to multicultural health care provision.
  4. utilise knowledge of cultural issues and their impact on individuals, groups and communities when providing health care.
  5. Synthesise concepts such as social determinants of health, optimising outcomes and improving quality of life for people experiencing chronic disease.
  6. Demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1 - The Rural and Remote Context. Geography and isolation, the socio-cultural contexts of rural & remote communities, health policies and health care provision in rural & remote communities, impact of globalization on rural and remote practice, community participation, public health and primary health care issues. 30.00
2. Module 2. Cultural safety and cross cultural communication, race, culture, identity and health, ethics in cross cultural health, policies and reports impacting on the health of Indigenous Australians and Migrant Australians. 30.00
3. Module 3. Management of chronic conditions, primary health care focus, availability of human and material resources, interprofessional collaboration, cultural safety, and engagement with individuals, family and community. 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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A number of online sources will be provided for you online which you will be required to access in order to satisfactorily complete the learning exercises.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Dade-Smith, J 2007, Australia's rural and remote health: a social justice perspective, 2nd edn, Tertiary Press, Croydon.
Eckermann, A, Dowd, T, Chong, E, Nixon, L, Gray, R & Johnson, S 2010, Binan goonj: bridging cultures in Aboriginal health, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.
Francis, K, Chapman, Y & Davies, C 2014, Rural Nursing: The Australian context, Cambridge University Press.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 75.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 40 16 Apr 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 60 20 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no exams for this course, there will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Master of Health and is benchmarked against the internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. It is expected that students will complete the Student Evaluation, MyOpinion, when they have completed the course.