Subject focus: Courses in nursing in Australia and New Zealand

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This subject focus looks at nursing programmes in Australia and New Zealand. Nurses are critical to the success of any healthcare system and Australian and New Zealand-trained nurses are much in demand all over the world.

Studying a certificate or diploma at college will enable you to start working in the field of nursing.  If you want to move on to become a fully registered nurse, you can usually transfer credit earned during your Diploma to gain your Bachelor of Nursing degree at a partner university.  Choosing to study nursing at college can be a great option if you want to move into nursing from another career, or have not gained the qualifications to enter directly onto a degree programme.

Once you have earned a Bachelor of Nursing degree, you can become a fully registered nurse, and there are a whole wealth of options open to you to work anywhere in the world.


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Certificate 3 in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) at TAFE NSW

The Certificate 3 in Health Services Assistance (Assisting in Nursing Work in Acute Care) covers a range of roles which provide assistance to health professional staff in the care of clients. Health Services Assistance involves the worker in direct client contact under supervision.

This qualification has been structured with elective groups for specific work functions in operating theatre support and assisting in nursing work in acute care. In addition the qualification supports multiskilling requirements of smaller and rural/remote work settings.

Career opportunities

Occupational titles may include:

Assistant in nursing, Orderly, Nursing assistant, Operating theatre technician, Nursing support worker, Theatre support, Patient service attendant, Ward assistant, Patient support assistant, Wardsperson, Patient care assistant, Ward support

Core units

  • Communicate and work effectively in health
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures
  • Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
  • Participate in Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) processes
  • Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Programme Details

Duration: 6 months (0.5 years)

Fees: AU$6,290 (total)

Entry requirements: No formal academic requirements

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Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) at TAFE Western Australia

Nursing can be a rewarding career, both personally and financially. Nurses have an opportunity to provide care to vulnerable people. They provide direct assistance to people who are sick, participating in assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Nurses are also in-demand around the world and career prospects for nurses are strong.

The Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) at TAFE Western Australia allows students to develop the skills and knowledge to have a successful career as an Enrolled Nurse and to progress to an internationally recognised registered nursing degree.

Enrolled Nurses work under the supervision of a registered nurse to provide patients, from all backgrounds and ages, with basic nursing care. Within their scope of practice, Enrolled Nurses are accomplished in the practical skills of nursing, with advanced Enrolled Nurses able to undertake more complex procedures.

The course is one of TAFE Western Australia’s most popular with a diverse student intake from around the world.  Direct entry into the Diploma course is available to students who have finished their A-Levels, however, a study pathway exists for students who have only completed their GCSE.

The Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) will provide students with skills and knowledge in enrolled nursing, such as client assessment, care and management across a wide range of health care settings. Students will learn skills to assess clients and manage client care and apply research skills within a contemporary health environment and learn skills in areas such as palliative care nursing, perioperative nursing and acute care nursing. Students will take part in a number of supervised clinical practices in different health settings (in hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare agencies), providing a range of experiences required for professional nursing practice.

This is a full-time training course, requiring a total time commitment of 4-5 days per week including time spent at home or the library working on assignments. In addition, you will be required to attend a total of 12 weeks clinical which will be full-time in the workplace for 5 days per week.

Graduate Outcomes

For students who wish to continue onto university, the Diploma course qualifies for advanced standing at several Western Australian universities, allowing students to complete the Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree.

Upon sucessful completion of this course you will have the skills required to become a qualified Enrolled Nurse. Students will need to register with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and meet all AHPRA conditions for registration.


TAFE Western Australia is government run and quality assured, this means that students can feel confident that their qualification is world class and that the facilities and teaching are the latest industry standard. A TAFE Western Australia qualification will hold its value in the UK due to the similarity of the Australian and UK training frameworks. 

Students can choose from a number of campus locations, including West Coast Institute in Perth’s northern suburbs, Challenger Institute in Perth’s southern suburbs and a range of regional campuses all across Western Australia.

It’s a great time to be a nurse and the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled – Division 2 Nursing) offers the perfect opportunity to take your first step into this exciting and rewarding career.

Programme Details

Duration: 1.5 years

Fees: AU$16,000 per year

Entry Requirements: Year 12 passes in Maths and English

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