Health Assessment and Care Planning Education short course

Health Assessment and Care Planning Education short course
Member Price: $4,975.00 Non-Member Price: $4,975.00 Buy Now!

For eligible nurses, this in-depth APNA Bursary Short Course can be supported by the Health Workforce Scholarship Program. For more information visit:

This Health Assessment and Care Planning short course consists of a number of professional development learning activities and resources which aims to build the nursing workforce capacity and develop strong clinical leaders to provide multidisciplinary team based, comprehensive, continuous and person-centred health assessment and care planning to individuals in the context of their communities.

This short course includes the registration cost to an APNA Conference. Apply now to secure your spot at the APNA National Conference - Festival of Nursing 2024 in Adelaide from July 25 - 27th 2024.

Duration and average hours required  

12 months from purchace date. Access to 36 hours of CPD in total (including up to 24 CPD hours from APNA Festival of Nursing Conference attendance)

How to apply and access the fully-funded education

Learn more about the fully-funded APNA Bursary Short Courses and view step-by-step instructions to apply here:

Have questions?

If you have any questions, please email or give us a call on (03) 9322 9500.

Overarching themes and topics of this APNA Short Course

  • Enabling Culturally Safe Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through self-reflective practice and professional considerations. Offering foundational ideas that can be built on through ongoing professional development and recognising factors that underpin the health inequities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and how to enhance culturally safe experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in practice.
  • Comprehensive Chronic Disease Management -  aiming for enhanced management of chronic conditions using identified program-based approaches for self-management, motivational interviewing, coaching and its application to practice, understanding the importance of continuity of care and working with other providers and understanding and building awareness of the importance of a holistic approach to care utilising  resources for self-management, and how to assess readiness to change, avoid resistance to change, identify potential barriers and the importance of goal setting.
  • Health Care Planning - understanding of the basic principles of care planning and how to apply this in day-to-day work and provision of key information sources to support this in a way that is responsive to local needs.
  • Health assessments and other planned assessments - Understanding the basic principles of health assessments and core themes required for a primary health care nurse to consider and include when conducting an assessment. Identifying and developing the core clinical assessment skills required within the workplace and community setting, the importance of accurate data collection and documentation. To confidently initiate escalation or referral or alternative action when required, and to develop an understanding of relevant validated screening tools and evidence-based resources and their applicability in primary health care with information to support development of or review of work based clinical assessment policies.
  • Exploring key elements of navigating work life and building environments to allow nurses to do their best work within their workplace and community - through understanding the interpersonal conflicts commonly encountered in primary health care nursing, recognising the principles of change management and its importance in primary health care and effectively applying communication and negotiation skills in everyday work life. Appropriate initiation and engagement in challenging conversations with the aim to affecting positive change and pursuing strategies to promote wellbeing and mental health within challenging environments.
  • Population health - expand activities undertaken to improve population health outcomes in the local community through implementing a population health approach using data and information to support evidence-based practice. Highlighting the importance of planning and monitoring population health interventions to identify improved health outcomes and reflecting on opportunities and support available to expand population health activities.
  • Understanding core themes that will provide understanding of Scope of Practice, looking at the term ‘scope of practice’ in the context of a nurse working in primary health care including the regulatory and professional aspects of scope of practice and professional decision making. Exploring opportunities for practice and identifying the required scope of practice of nurses to meet patient and client needs.
  • Opportunities to learn, connect and re-energise with events that provide the latest clinical guidance and information to enhance scope of practice and discover new ways to provide better patient care as well as connect with other nurses from various primary health care settings, engage with brands that help you care for your patients and meet experts who can provide advice and feel empowered to be the best nurse you can be and incorporate learnings into practice.
  • Provision of professional development is undertaken through a variety of modalities including online or face to face education modules, workshops and webinars.

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

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