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C11200v2 Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing (GradCertN)
UAC code: 940880 (Autumn session)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus


This course includes a compulsory clinical practice component to be undertaken after the block teaching periods.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


This course is offered as a joint initiative between UTS: Health and Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Child and family health nurses work in partnership with parents as they learn the skills of parenting and caring for the infant and growing child. The primary health care role of the child and family health nurse includes health teaching with parents, health promotion in the community, group work and counselling for parents and care givers, and health surveillance of infants and children.

Applicants do not need to be employees of Tresillian, nor do they need to be concurrently employed in child and family health services.

The course prepares registered nurses for beginning practice in the clinical nursing specialty of child and family health.

Course aims

The program of study is designed to build on nursing knowledge and skills to develop capacity to work in a primary health care setting with young children and their families. The comprehensive study program focuses on infant care and child health, and the promotion of maternal and family health and wellbeing. The accompanying clinical experience program provides placements in community child and family health services as well as Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 A graduate of this course practices within a strengths-based, relationship-focused, family-partnership wellness model.
1.1 Explain the centrality of the infant/young child within the family to the practice of Child and Family Health Nursing.
1.2 Promote continuity of relationships in Child and Family Health Services regardless of settings.
1.3 Help parents to recognise their strengths in order to address their vulnerabilities.
1.4 Understand and demonstrate the ability to work within a family-partnership model.
1.5 Demonstrate care that is socially responsible and values the diversity of people.
2.0 A graduate of this course demonstrates cognitive flexibility and reflective functioning when working with families and young children.
2.1 Examine how their own beliefs and values impact on the care provided to infants, children and families.
2.2 Respond with practices that are appropriate to the needs of the infant, young child and family and are respectful of the individual family's values, belief and ways of doing things.
2.3 Demonstrate appropriate behaviour and professional boundaries and the need to seek professional support as required.
3.0 A graduate of this course promotes the primacy of early childhood and the importance of first relationships in relation to health and wellbeing outcomes throughout the lifespan.
3.1 Demonstrate competence in the skills and knowledge of socio-emotional and physical health surveillance, monitoring and referral in infants, children and families.
3.2 Critique health surveillance and monitoring from an evidence-based perspective.
3.3 Prioritise and promote the importance of socio-emotional, cognitive and physical health and wellbeing in infancy and early childhood and its impacts later in life.
4.0 A graduate of this course exhibits specialist nursing knowledge and skills in the care of young children, parents and families at beginning practitioner level.
4.1 Demonstrate clinical judgment and competence in all clinical skills at the level of a new graduate child and family health nurse and in accordance with the relevant professional codes and standards.
4.2 Assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing actions in collaboration with families and the multidisciplinary team.
4.3 Communicate effectively using spoken, written and non-verbal language across a range of contexts and to diverse audiences.
4.4 Practice within a framework that encompasses primary health care, population health, working in partnership with families, ethical and legal practice, and legislative and policy requirements.
4.5 Select appropriate screening and assessment tools and approaches, then synthesise the assessment data to inform nursing actions.
5.0 A graduate of this course is a critical thinker who is able to assess a body of evidence and integrate it into practice.
5.1 Utilise information technologies with a high level of literacy.
5.2 Critically examine the contribution and use of theory and research evidence to inform practice and influence change.
5.3 Integrate strategies for ongoing personal and professional development.
5.4 Actively contribute to the development of Child and Family Health Nursing as a profession.
6.0 Graduates have professional competency, which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.
6.2 Critique and reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing.
6.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice.

Career options

Career options include positions in primary health care services, such as early childhood health or community health centres, secondary level services in family care centres or breastfeeding clinics for mothers and babies, and tertiary services such as those offered by Tresillian or Karitane.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but who have recent relevant work experience in a related area may also be eligible to apply. Such applicants must present evidence of the capacity to undertake tertiary study.

Applicants must have one year of post-registration clinical experience.

Students' current nursing registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners. Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points, comprising four specified nursing subjects.

The course is offered as a mix of face-to-face teaching and web-based learning through UTSOnline. There are 10 days of workshops over the duration of the year requiring attendance on campus.

Dates for 2017 are:

Industrial training/professional practice

Students are required to undertake a clinical practicum to consolidate their learning and introduce them to child and family health nursing practice. The clinical program offers up to 120 hours of experience:

  • 80 hours in a child and family health service clinical facility (compulsory)
  • 40 hours as fieldwork undertaken independently (compulsory).

Where possible, students are placed in child and family health services in their own locality.

Dates for 2016 are:

  • Autumn session: 6 June to 24 June
  • Spring session: negotiated with student according to placement availability at Tresillian Family Care Centres.

Course completion requirements

92613 Principles of Child and Family Health Nursing 6cp
92614 Child and Family Health Nursing 1 6cp
92615 Child and Family Health Nursing 2 6cp
92620 Family and Community Health Practice 6cp
Total 24cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing (C07044) and the Master of Advanced Nursing (C04228) (for registered nurses only).

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Robyn Johnston
Course coordinator
telephone +9514 5153