Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertPHC

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4696.1

AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2015 or later.

This course aims to provide the opportunity for health, and other professionals with primary health care responsibilities to gain knowledge and understanding of primary health care that will enable leadership in this field. The course provides a focus on the knowledge and behaviour required to be a primary health care provider in a changing community environment. Key knowledge areas include primary health care principles and application and health promotion. Students who successfully complete this course may transfer into the Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is based on the following requirements:

Completion of a professional qualification in health (> AQF Level 6 or equivalent), such as an Advanced Diploma or higher qualification in a discipline such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pathology, optometry, nutrition, human science, naturopathy, complementary medicine, nursing, psychology, health science, sports science or physiotherapy.


Three years full-time equivalent professional work experience in the health sector.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points, including the units listed below.

400856Approaches to Epidemiology
401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care
400836Health Promotion: A Primary Health Care Approach
400412Primary Health Care and its Applications

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