Registered nurse (community health)

What they do

Community health nurses work all over Western Australia providing health education and nursing services within the wider community.  They may need to work with people from many different cultures and ethnicities, including indigenous people. They may also work with disadvantaged and disempowered people. Especially in remote areas, they may be called upon to carry out many and varied nursing tasks.

Working conditions

Working conditions for a community health nurse will depend on location. Community health nurses in remote locations can work long hours in difficult conditions.

Tools and technologies

Community health nurses need to be proficient with a wide variety of tools and technologies associated with nursing as they may be called upon to perform many different tasks in remote areas.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become a registered nurse, you usually need to study a degree in nursing at university.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Once you are qualified as a registered nurse, you can complete a specialised postgraduate course to become a community health nurse.

Required registration and licensing

To work as a community health nurse in Western Australia, you will need to obtain registration from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website. You will also need to hold a current Working with Children Check (WWC Check). Visit the Working with Children website for information on how to apply for a WWC Check.