Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health
From local hospitals to international aid, through the life-defining moments of birth, injury, illness and death, CSU can prepare you for diverse and rewarding careers in Nursing.
Undergraduate courses provide the foundations you need to begin a rewarding career as a nurse or mental health professional. Postgraduate nursing and midwifery studies may enable you to specialise further in your career, develop management skills, or move into education or research roles in your area of interest.
Just starting your career?
Undergraduate courses incorporate workplace learning with the latest theory, facilities and industry affiliations to provide graduates with the competitive advantage needed to secure employment after graduation.
CSU’s graduates are sought after for graduate programs in the private and public health sector. Most students secure a graduate nurse position before the end of their final year. Graduates have the opportunity to work anywhere in Australia or have gained overseas registration and are now working and travelling all over the world.
Nurses, midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. No two days in health care are the same and you’ll have the opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life in areas such as preventative primary health, acute or chronic conditions.
CSU’s Nursing graduates are recognised as some of the best in Australia, and have excellent employment records with superior working conditions and pay rates. Our Nursing degrees are accredited with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, helping you advance your career more quickly. Strong growth in employment opportunities is predicted in the next five years, providing good job prospects for nursing graduates.
As a nurse, you may work in hospitals, community health centres, medical practices, aged care services, schools, disability organisations or mental health services.
Specialist nursing fields may include:
- aged care
- community health
- critical care and emergency
- developmental disability
- disability and rehabilitation
- medical practice
- mental health
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
We provide a dedicated study pathway for Indigenous students who wish to give back to their communities through providing mental health services. As a mental health worker in Indigenous communities, you’ll have a cultural understanding and sensitivity, as well as the skills to assist clients who have experienced emotional and social trauma or mental health issues.
Honours and postgraduate study may provide you with opportunities to research particular issues or practices relating to mental health or Indigenous health care disciplines.
This course is only open to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people, and there are a number of scholarships available to help make study easier. If you do not come from an Indigenous background you can pursue mental health concepts through Honours or postgraduate research.
CSU graduates Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) graduates are in high-demand: in 2015 100 per cent of graduates from this course found full time work within four months of graduation*.
As a mental health professional, you will play a major role in people’s lives. You will be able to understand and appreciate your clients' and their families’ emotional, social and mental health issues in a variety of settings including::
- counselling in hospitals, private clinics, remote areas, industrial sites, schools and the Australian Defence Forces
- raising awareness of mental health or social issues in local communities
- management, research or education
- Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)
Advancing or changing your career?
Whether you are seeking a promotion in your current job or interested in changing careers, a postgraduate qualification is something you should consider. If you’re thinking of a career change, a graduate certificate or graduate diploma will prepare you for further study at the Master level, or are an excellent addition to a resume on their own.
We understand that furthering your studies is a big commitment, that’s why our courses can be studied online part-time, giving you the freedom and flexibility you need to fit study into your life.
Career opportunitiesAfter graduation, you’ll be ready to work in senior or advisory roles within a variety of industries including:
- natural resources
- Landcare or water management agencies
- advocacy groups
- agricultural education and training and as rural counsellors
- wine business, growing and management
- Graduate Diploma of Water Policy and Governance
Graduate Certificate in Water Policy and Governance
- Master of Agricultural Business Management
Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Business Management
- Master of Sustainable Agriculture
Graduate Diploma of Sustainable Agriculture
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture
- Master of Viticulture and Oenology
- Graduate Diploma of Water Policy and Governance
Thinking of digging into a research career?
Following decades of investigation into agriculture and related fields CSU is recognised as an international leader for research in agricultural science. In 2012, CSU opened its $48.6 million National and Life Sciences Hub (NaLSH).This facility includes three flexible learning and teaching areas, which each hold up to 50 students; four large research laboratory spaces including quarantine-approved research areas; a phytotron building housing controlled environment and growth chambers; three glasshouses; research and teaching support areas such as offices, plant rooms and bike storage; and a rhizolysimeter – an underground field laboratory.
CSU’s Nursing degrees are designed to ensure you graduate with confidence in your skills and ready to step straight into nursing practice. You will complete a significant level of practical work using realistic simulated settings to help you develop the clinical techniques and patient care needed to succeed in your field.
Facilities on campus include simulated environments prepared with all the equipment you would find in any work situation. In these simulated environments you will develop skills in handling equipment, completing observations and undertaking the tasks expected in any professional setting. You will become familiar with the way health care facilities function and the typical equipment you would find in the workplace. When you attend your workplace learning experiences, you will know what to expect and can fulfil your role with confidence.
Workplace learning opportunities throughout your degree will expose you to different work environments and settings so you can gain an appreciation of the diversity of the nursing profession.
What our students say
“The professional relationships I have made during the Midwifery program have been rewarding and a valuable education. From every woman I have learnt something. What I have found most inspiring has been the incredible generosity of women in sharing their pregnancy and birth experience. Women’s strength is remarkable and a continual motivation. As I approach the end of my Midwifery year, I feel I have at last reached the pinnacle of my career.”Jenny Lees
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What our students say
"I have really enjoyed the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and work in environments that I am not used to, such as rural medical centres to large metropolitan hospitals." Stephen Ainsworth
"CSU offers numerous options for distance study, which makes learning achievable. We had an excellent simulated environment to learn practical skills." Harlie Byrnes