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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice Specialisation

Postgraduate specialisation

Develop a professional career in an area of rapidly increasing need for Australia’s ageing population.

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  • Qualification
    Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice Specialisation (M AdvPrc)
  • Credit
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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice. This specialisation responds to the increasing need for specialist nursing practice in the prevention and management of patients with acute or chronic wounds, ostomies and incontinence. 

Key components include: 

  • core concepts and pathophysiological processes of diseases and injuries relevant to wound, ostomy and continence 
  • advanced knowledge of assessment, management and healing 
  • clinical decision-making, evidence-informed specialty practice, patient advocacy and holistic specialty practice. 

You will also complete two weeks of speciality clinical practice that includes a focus on interprofessional learning and collaboration. 

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Practice specialisation is offered on a part-time basis only and is available in semester 1 only at both Curtin Perth and Curtin Singapore.

Note: This specialisation is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • Curtin is an industry-partnered university and we have designed this specialisation to meet the health sector’s demand for advanced expertise in wound, ostomy and continence practice. 
  • The graduate certificate for this specialisation is progressive in that you can choose to pause your postgraduate studies after gaining that qualification or continue studying for your master’s degree.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

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  • Curtin course code: SPPC-WOCPS
  • Last updated on: 24/09/2022