The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Family Health) is a 36-unit course offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification, must be registered nurses in Australia and must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
In addition, all students must complete professional experience placements to meet the requirements of this course.
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Family Health) aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in child and family health environments
- extend student knowledge in research for practice development
In addition to the learning outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, on completion of this course, students in the Child and Family Health nursing specialisation will be able to:
- identify the key concepts related to working with children and their families. These include keeping children safe, growth and development, attachment theories and engaging with infants, children and families;
- contextualise working with children and their families in a broad primary health care framework;
- develop the knowledge required to be able to support infants, children and their families to manage a range of parenting and child health issues;
- identify and critique information required to be able to promote the health and wellbeing of infants and children being raised in circumstances that render them vulnerable;
- demonstrate comprehensive knowledge and skills on how to affect social and behavioural change to improve the health of infants, children and families within communities; and
- demonstrate clinical competency at an advanced level in the special area of child and family health nursing in community settings.
Program of Study
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Child and Family Health) a student must complete 36 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education):
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester
Specialisation - Child and Family Health - Core topics
27 units comprising:
NURS8720 Primary Health Care Constructs and Contexts (4.5 units)
NURS8821 Health Maintenance for Infants, Children and Young People (4.5 units)
NURS8823 Clinical Practice for Child and Family Health Nursing (PEP) (4.5 units)
NURS8824 Introduction to Working with Infants, Children and Families (4.5 units)
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Communicating and Problem Solving for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
NURS9219 Introduction to Research (4.5 units)
Core - Year 1 topics
Plus 9 units of option topics selected from the following list:
NURS8828 Contemporary Issues in Paediatric Nursing (4.5 units)
NURS9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9126 Leadership in Health Studies (4.5 units)
DSRS9057 Introduction to Disability Theory and Professional Practice (4.5 units)
DSRS9063 Autism Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan GE (4.5 units)
DSRS9070 Early Intervention for Children with Developmental Delays (4.5 units)
PHCA9504 Critical Practice in Indigenous Health (4.5 units)
PHCA9507 Health Promotion in Public Health (4.5 units)