Course Title: Industrial Relations in Nursing and Health Care

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Industrial Relations in Nursing and Health Care

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008

Course Coordinator: Ms Faye Partridge

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7554

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora Campus Building 201, Level 7, Room 7

Course Coordinator Availability: Normally during business hours

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Registration with the Nurses Board of Victoria as a Division 1 Nurse


equivalent registration in state or territory in which applicant is employed. 

Course Description

This course aims to provide an overview of the conduct of industrial relations in Australia and the health care industry. It will introduce students to industrial relations frameworks and structures, and their function and application in health care agencies. The major policies and processes that determine the nature of the employment relationship will be considered together with contemporary strategies influencing industrial relations in the health care industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • Recognise the Australian industrial relations context as a unique reflection of an evolving multicultural society.
  • Review the impact of this system on the contemporary health care setting.
  • Discuss the factors that influence the employer; employee relationship within defined settings.
  • Recognise the stakeholders and their motivations in the industrial relations process.
  • Reflect on contemporary industrial processes available in a variety of circumstances.
  • Identify the current dynamic health care environment and the need for evolving industrial relation practices.

  • Develop an awareness of industrial relations processes within the Australian context as applied to the health care industry;
  • Analyse the nature of the employment relationship;
  • Identify the key values and motivations of the participants in the industrial relations system; within the health care environment.
  • Identify selected union strategies and industrial tactics used in the contemporary health care system;
  • Recognise contemporary industrial relations issues and their impact on the changing health care industry.

Overview of Learning Activities

Semester 1

Fully online learning


Semester 2

Blended learning

Classroom seminars x 4
Online learning resources 

Overview of Learning Resources

Fully online Learning

Online learning resources
Recommended readings 
Virtual tutorials 

Blended Learning
Classroom seminars x 4
Class discussion
Recommended readings

Overview of Assessment

Analysis of an article;
Analysis of a real world industrial relation situation relating to the health care environment.

Class participation