Graduate Certificate in Remote Health or Primary Health Care

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This NT Health initiative is an exciting new program, which aims to support junior nurses with a minimum of 12 months experience post graduate, gain relevant skills, experience and knowledge in Population and Primary Health Care (PPHC) with a specific focus on remote area nursing.

Candidates are required to successfully complete a Graduate Certificate in Remote Health or Primary Health Care from an approved university as part of the program.

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Program outline

The program is divided into 3 phases to support the candidate gain skills in PPHC.

  • Phase 1 - 6 months - Nurse 2 (N2) Level
  • Phase 2 - 12 months - Nurse 2 (N2) Level
  • Phase 3 - 6 months - Nurse 3 (N3) level.

Phase 1

6 months (N2 Level)

This is an introductory phase where candidates are able to gain the basic principles and practice of PPHC. Candidates will be placed in urban PPHC settings which may include:

  • Department of Correctional Services
  • Urban community care health centres
  • Centre for Disease Control
  • Urban allied health and aged care services.

Candidates will be expected to rotate through at least 2 of the above services, these will be determined by the education and area managers.

Phase 2

12 months (N2 Level)

In this phase, candidates gain skills in running PPHC remote Outreach programs. They will be allocated to work with the outreach team to provide services in identified outreach team programs. These could include:

  • Child & Family health
  • Women’s health
  • Chronic disease management
  • Diabetes education
  • Hearing health
  • Social and emotional wellbeing services.

It is anticipated that candidates will rotate through these programs to gain skills and knowledge in all the areas.

Depending on the availability of accommodation and support in remote communities, the last 6 months of this phase may be completed while living in a particular remote community.

At completion of this phase, candidates will be expected to be able to lead and provide services of particular programs. Post graduate studies must also be successfully completed by the end of this phase.

Phase 3

6 months (N3 Level)

This phase introduces the candidate to acute and emergency health care in the remote setting. Candidates at this phase will live and work in their allocated remote community and be supported to offer care to acute presentations while gaining appropriate knowledge that leads to participating in an on call roster. Program work will also continue during this phase.

On successful completion of the program, candidates are invited to apply for remote area nursing vacancies across the NT Department of Health (NT Health).

Program outcomes

  • Provide evidence-based best practice to deliver culturally safe health care.
  • Incorporate theoretical knowledge to practical provision of care in a remote area context.
  • Provide holistic PPHC care to vulnerable populations in remote areas while utilising evidence based best practice guidelines.
  • Demonstrate ability to work within the organisations guidelines, procedures and policies.
  • Provide high quality acute and emergency care to people living in remote areas.
  • Work with the multi-disciplinary teams to ensure the best health care outcomes for people living in remote areas.

Eligibility to apply

  • Current registration as a registered nurse or hold a dual degree (registered nurse and registered midwife) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold a visa allowing ongoing, full-time employment in Australia (a copy of your visa or passport must be supplied with your cover letter and resume).
  • At least 2 years recent nursing experience in an acute care setting (including a graduate program).
  • Meet eligibility and entry requirements for post graduate study through one of NT Health’s partner universities identified below for 2023.

Conditions of the Contract

You will be provided with leave to attend study sessions, however, must be able to work all rostered shifts.

You will be required to successfully complete academic course and clinical practice requirements each semester in order to continue the term of employment.

Fee information

PPHC will subsidise 100% of the cost associated with each unit of study (up to $2,000 per subject). Any course cost beyond $2,000 is covered by the employee.

Students are advised to consider the personal cost associated with choosing a university course where the cost of study exceeds $2,000 per unit.

University fees are paid for by the student and reimbursed through the organisation at the successful completion (a passing grade) of each semester. To be eligible for reimbursement students need to complete part 1 of By-law 41 at the commencement of each semester and part 2 on completion.

University Provider

Flinders University is the only recognised provider for this semesters remote primary health care employed model program.

Clinical Requirements

The post graduate employment program aims to support clinicians to acquire the knowledge, skills and capacity to work as a specialist remote area nurse. Theoretical clinical requirements will be provided by the university program chosen by the individual, practical education sessions will be provided by the PPHC clinical educational team.

Application Checklist

This section contains a checklist of compulsory documentation you need to provide with your application through NT Careers in Government Employment Opportunities Online.

  • Cover letter (1 page summary, including a statement identifying why you want to enter the program).
  • Resume (include employment history, existing qualifications and 2 senior nursing or midwifery referees)
  • Certified copy of passport/birth certificate or visa


For all enquiries, email nursing and midwifery in the Northern Territory at or by calling 1800 000 648.

Last updated: 19 October 2022

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