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Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

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.

  • Nursing

    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.

    Career opportunities

    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
    • perioperative
    • surgical

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  • Mental Health

    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*.

    Career opportunities

    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

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    • 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.

Thinking of digging into a research career?

If you want to reach the pinnacle of your career or investigate ways to make a real difference to the nursing profession and patient care, CSU’s higher degrees by research can equip you with the skills and experience you need. You can explore an issue specific to your field of work, complete original, independent research, and develop new solutions to existing problems or situations.

Previous and existing research projects have covered topics like developing a professional identity as a nurse, how nurses balance the demands of shiftwork and raising a family, midwifery practices internationally, and issues surrounding access to aged care.

You will first develop the analytical skills you need to undertake independent research, before developing and undertaking a significant research project that can have a real impact on your profession. This research could be used to inform your practice, improve processes in your industry, or form a pathway for you to pursue an academic career.
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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.

“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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"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

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  • Testimonial | Sarah Costello - Bachelor of Nursing

    Sarah Costello

    • CSU had taught me well enough that I could show up on that very first day and have absolute confidence in my abilities.
  • Testimonial | Andrea Peacey - Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

    Andrea Peacey

    Andrea Peacey

    • "The course has laid down the foundations for my future midwifery practice. The knowledge I have gained from the course has been invaluable and the assessment tasks consolidated my midwifery knowledge."
  • Testimonial | Tom Farrar - Bachelor of Nursing graduate

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    Harlie Byrnes

    • "CSU offers numerous options for distance study, which makes learning achievable. We had an excellent simulated environment to learn practical skills."
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    Abbey Jones

    Abbey Jones B. Nursing student - fit CSU into your life

    • Fit CSU into your life, just like Abbey did by studying nursing on campus in the summer, and then online while working at a snow ski resort in the winter. Being able to study, work and live in a ski resort has been an amazing experience for Abbey and she thanks CSU for being flexible with the support she needed to live out her dream all while getting a degree.
  • Testimonial | Samuel de Keizer - Master of Nursing

    Samuel de Keizer Master of Nursing student

    Samuel de Keizer - Master of Nursing student

    • “My university degree has had a positive impact on the way I think and act in my practice. Looking back, I realise how much of my degree is so practical in my line of work."