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“The science shows us that biology is not destiny—and that what children experience in the earliest days and years of life shapes and defines their futures,"

- UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake 2016

Contemporary Child and Family health nursing practice in Australia has been influenced by a global shift into early childhood knowledge, practice and theory. Research into fields such as epigenetics and early brain development along with the influences of significant relationships and the quality of the child’s environment, have all led to significant changes in the world view of child health and wellbeing. Child and Family Health Nurses require an appreciation of the bio-psychosocial, cultural and emotional needs of the family to promote a nurturing and supportive environment in which children can thrive and grow.

Studying Child and Family Health nursing with ACN will provide you with the opportunity to study the fascinating field of early brain development. You can explore its significance in order to improve your knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based care in the field of Child and Family Health. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality.

Intakes:

January & July

FEE-HELP

Available

DURATION

1 YR PT

STUDY MODE

Online

Graduate Certificate intakes are January and July, however you can complete selected single units of study in either the April or October terms and articulate into the next Graduate Certificate enrolment. Call us on 1800 265 534 to discuss your study options.

DESCRIPTION

The Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) aims to provide nurses with a sound understanding of child and family health nursing within a legal, moral and ethical framework that reflects current models of care and government policy and practice initiatives. The course is designed to engage students in the planning and evaluation of their own clinical and educational needs in an environment conducive to their learning and development to prepare them for work in this specialty nursing field.

Assessing and facilitating child and family health and wellbeing within a culturally diverse Australian society requires an appreciation of the bio-psychosocial, cultural and emotional needs of the family, and the promotion of a nurturing and supportive environment in which children can thrive.

Nurses working, or intending to work, in the specialty of CFHN require a clear understanding of primary health care and health promotion, family dynamics, structure and function, and consideration of the connections between the family, their community and health care providers. Health and developmental surveillance of infants and young children continues to be a major focus of contemporary CFHN services, but the expert model of the past has been replaced by a family partnership model that focuses on the provision of psychosocial support and for new parents as well as continuing to be a central point of access for families into community health services.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to practice in the specialty of child and family health nursing that is benchmarked against professional child and family health nursing practice standards
  • Develop an understanding of best practice models, policies and standards to provide contemporary, evidence based practice within child and family health nursing service delivery
  • Analyse and apply the principles of primary health care, health promotion and relationship-based nursing practice to facilitate optimal health and development of infants, young children and families
  • Identify the key elements required to foster effective therapeutic relationships with infants, young children, families and communities within the professional boundaries of ethical nursing practice and health care responsibilities
  • Discuss the importance of the role of the child and family health nurse, working in a strengths-based partnership model, in the promotion of healthy family functioning and child-parent attachment
  • Demonstrate an awareness of, and sensitivity towards social, cultural, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, environmental and political factors that influence the practice of child and family health nursing
  • Critically examine and apply current research to develop reflective, problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the context of contemporary child and family health nursing practice

UNITS OF STUDY

Code

Unit of study

Type

10 006 1634

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

921

Professional practice in child and family health nursing

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 1

 

C = Core

Code

Unit of study 

Type

10 006 1735

Commencement date

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee*

201

Infant and child nutrition and feeding

C

 23 January 2017

6 February 2017

31 March 2017

Tier 1

040 #

Family and child health 

C

18 April 2017

1 May 2017

30 June 2017

Tier 3

018 #

Child development in the family context

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 3

921

Professional practice in child and family health nursing

C

3 October 2017

16 October 2017

8 December 2017

Tier 1

# 040

Family and child health 40 hrs clinical placement

# 018

Child development in the family context 40 hrs clinical placement

C = Core

Code

Unit of study

Core/Elective

10 0061736

Census date

Completion date

Individual fee

201

Infant and child nutrition and feeding

C

10 July 2017

24 July 2017

17 September 2017

Tier 1

040 #

Family and child health 

C

2 October 2017

16 October 2017

10 December 2017

Tier 3

018 #

Child development in the family context

C

22 January 2018

5 February 2018

30 March 2018

Tier 3

921

Professional practice in child and family health nursing

C

17 April 2018

30 April  2018

29 June 2018

Tier 1

# 040

Family and child health 40 hrs clinical placement

# 018

Child development in the family context 40 hrs clinical placement

C = Core

WHERE THIS QUALIFICATION CAN TAKE YOU

A Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in clinical education, management and specialist nursing roles. 

Tier 1 = $2,035

Tier 2 = $2,345

Tier 3 = $2,725

Tier 4 = $3,275

*Fees are are subject to change without notice.

#Special considerations/mandatory requirement

Entry Requirements And General Information

Enrolment Form

Graduate certificate enrolment form fee-paying

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

MEET YOUR NURSE EDUCATOR

Sue Mapletoft MACN, Nurse Educator – Higher Education

RN, RM, MNsg Infant, Child and Youth Health Cert CFH (NSWCN), IBCLC, CertIVTAE, MCAFHNA

Sue coordinates our Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing, and teaches short courses. She completed a Masters of Nursing with Distinction and is a past recipient of Western Sydney University Dean’s Medal and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children Award.