Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Sonia Allen


This unit introduces students to the expanded practice role associated with rural/remote nursing and provides an opportunity for students to experience a range of rural health settings including multipurpose services, integrated community health services, bush nursing services and isolated health centres, and work with clinicians from other disciplines. Students will develop clinical skills under the instruction and guidance of clinicians co-opted for unit development and sessional teaching into lectures, tutorials and clinical laboratories.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

Educational objectives:

  1. Discuss the diverse roles and functions of the rural nurse;
  2. Identify the range of players providing multidisciplinary health care services in a rural community;
  3. Differentiate the roles of other health professionals and their interface with nursing in the rural context;
  4. discuss the priorities and needs of other health team members to facilitate appropriate referral and health outcomes;
  5. critically analyse the role of multidisciplinary collaboration in rural health care;
  6. Assess, triage and where appropriate provide care as instructed by various health disciplines;

Clinical Objectives:

  1. Work effectively with members of an interdisciplinary team;
  2. Access interdisciplinary resource networks to facilitate appropriate referral and optimal utilisation of limited health care resources;
  3. Demonstrate sensitivity and commitment to enhancing independent practice and teamwork;
  4. Practice with increasing independence.


Assignment (40%)
Poster presentation (30%)
Case study (30%)

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Available only to students undertaking Bachelor of Nursing and Rural Health Practice.