New course to benefit rural nurses

Friday, 21 November 2003

Nurses in South Australia's rural and regional areas will benefit under a new University of Adelaide course designed specifically for them.

The Graduate Diploma in Rural Nursing, which begins in 2004, is the first postgraduate program of its type to be offered in South Australia.

Under the scheme, Registered Nurses anywhere in South Australia - or Australia - can study for the qualification without having to come to Adelaide to attend lectures.

The course will be run by Ms Christine Chisengantambu, who is based in Port Pirie and has first-hand knowledge of the unique problems faced by rural nurses.

"Having worked in a rural setting myself, I can identify with the many problems faced by rural nurses," Ms Chisengantambu says.

"The University of Adelaide has tailored this course to meet the needs of these nurses. It's all done via flexible delivery, which means they don't have to travel to Adelaide and can do it in their home city or town instead.

"Nurses play a vital role in the well-being of entire communities, and this course offers them the chance to increase their skills and in turn provide a better service to thousands of people."

Ms Chisengantambu is a Registered Nurse and has a Masters Degree in Public Health, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and numerous diplomas, as well as several years experience in teaching undergraduate nursing in Africa.

For more information about the Rural Nursing program or any other nursing courses offered by the University of Adelaide's Department of Clinical Nursing, phone (08) 8303 3595 or email


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Christine Chisengantambu
Rural Lecturer
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Alison Galbreath
Flexible Learning Manager
Department of Clinical Nursing
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