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Community Health

Community health nurses work in partnerships with individuals, families and communities in areas where they live and work to promote optimal health and well being for everyone.

Community health nurses are involved in community and family health promotion, health education, illness prevention and health screening.

Most community health nursing positions are within the government sector, and require working with a multidisciplinary team to ensure the client receives the full range of health care treatments available to them.

There are a variety of roles within community health nursing. A number of community health nurse profiles can be found here.

Depending on the state or territory in which you live, government health department websites may provide further details on community health nursing and how to become a community health nurse. According to the chosen area of practice it is not always necessary to have a formal qualification relating to community health nursing. However there is a variety of postgraduate courses available which relate to community health nursing. These courses range from general community health, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, public health, alcohol and drug services, maternal and child health, immunisation, mental health, Indigenous health, aged care, health education, continence management, health promotion and advancement, diabetes education, women’s health, men’s health, rehabilitation, to cultural awareness.


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