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Faculty of Health



The Discipline of Nursing at the University of Canberra offers undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications relevant to a variety of practice contexts. Being positioned in the National Capital, the nursing programs have a strong sense of leadership, governance and global health issues.

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Our focus is on the integration with community and industry connections for student learning, as well as working with the nursing community in forms of research and development. Our vision is for our nursing graduates to be critically thinking nurses who challenge the status quo, clearly articulate their concerns, and use evidence to develop effective practice solutions.

Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing provides a broad foundation for professional nursing practice and leads to eligibility to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia. This course prepares graduates to be future leaders and visionaries in nursing, pursuing knowledge that enables them to achieve positive changes in their personal practice as well as in practice with diverse communities. Graduates will be prepared to work across a spectrum of healthcare areas, for example, community, acute care, rural and remote services, long term health settings and policy development.

Enrolment Pattern for Diploma Students PDF (92.4KB) RTF (47.1KB)

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Postgraduate Nursing Program

The postgraduate Nursing program aims to support the health workforce in the delivery of high quality health services through:

  • Advanced education in specialised areas of practice at the graduate certificate and graduate diploma levels;
  • Leadership and innovation knowledge and skill development at the Masters level;
  • Strong research training support program; and
  • A newly established, clinically focused research program for qualified Nurse Practitioners.

Graduates have high level communication skills, creative approaches to problem-solving, using practice knowledge to shape learning, and work independently as well as part of interdisciplinary teams. Graduate students have the opportunity to study with students in allied health, education and governance.

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The Discipline of Nursing at University of Canberra have a strong commitment to research, with a particular emphasis on research which is connected to practice, within both academic and clinical settings. Thus research concerns teaching and learning at the university as well as clinical and service issues in all areas of health and professional practice. Particular areas of strength are:

  • midwifery and perinatal issues;
  • critical care;
  • community health;
  • ageing and aged care;
  • mental health;
  • disaster health; and
  • professional issues.

These research strengths are reflected in the supervision of our higher degree students who participate in a lively culture of scholarly exchange.

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List of Academic Staff and Research Areas

  • Ms Mardhie E Coleman - End of life care and families, chronic Illness and families, Nursing Education (International & Indigenous)
  • Professor Kim Foster - Co-Associated physical and mental illness; children and families with parental mental illness; children, young people and families with traumatic physical injury
  • Jane Frost - Nurse Practitioners in Primary health care, enablement, Mask-Ed and simulated learning in Nurse Education 
  • Dr Danny Hills - Health services and workforce research, aged care workforce and service development, workplace aggression
  • Dr Catherine Hungerford - Models of care, Recovery, Nurse Practitioner
  • Ms Emily Molan -Nursing education, emergency care, and patient centred care.
  • Dr Eileen Petrie - Aged care, mental health, Primary health care/Health promotion
  • Mr Jamie Ranse - Emergency healthcare, disaster health, mass gatherings (major events) health 
  • Dr Kristen Ranse – End-of-life care in acute and critical care settings, nursing role in critical care, undergraduate nursing student education and experience

In addition to the University and Faculty’s work in the area of education and research, members of the nursing team are actively engaged in the broader health community. In partnership with the ACT Government Health Directorate, seminars, workshops and conferences are regularly offered to disseminate cutting edge research and collaboratively develop innovative approaches to complex challenges in the health sector. Many of our staff hold leadership positions within the profession, contributing to the high professional standards of nursing internationally.