Prior to 31 December 2015

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing is a 36-unit course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and is available by distance education.

The course articulates with the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (specialisation) and the Master of Nursing, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the three awards.

Students who have completed a graduate certificate are normally awarded up to 18 units of credit towards the graduate diploma.

The Child and Family Health specialisation will be identified on the student''s transcript of academic record and on the parchment presented to the student on completion of the course.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an undergraduate or postgraduate nursing degree or equivalent qualification and must be registered nurses holding a current practising certificate. In addition, applicants must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience.

However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

International applicants must be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, unless otherwise indicated.

Course aims

The course will provide registered nurses with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to practise at an advanced level in the specialist area of child and family health nursing in the community.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the course are expected to 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 Nursing), a student must complete 36 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

This program of study involves a Professional Experience Placement (PEP). Please check additional requirements on the School of Nursing and Midwifery web page as follows

A student who fails the clinical component of any topic will receive a Fail grade for the entire 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 three consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.

Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

  • no topic may be attempted more than twice;
  • a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
  • the program must be completed full-time in two consecutive semesters or part-time in six consecutive semesters.

Core topics

4.5 units comprising: 

 NURS9120  Evidence-based Clinical Practice  (4.5 units)

Child & Family Health Nursing topics

31.5 units comprising:

 NURS8821  Health Maintenance for Infants, Children and Young People  (4.5 units)
 NURS8822  Primary Health Care for Child and Family Health Nursing  (4.5 units)
 NURS8823  Clinical Practice for Child and Family Health Nursing  (4.5 units)
 NURS8824  Introduction to Working with Infants, Children and Families  (4.5 units)
 NURS8825  Working with Vulnerable Families  (4.5 units)
 NURS8826  Advanced Clinical Practice for Child and Family Health Nursing  (4.5 units)
 NURS8827  Working in Communities for Children and Families  (4.5 units)