This unit of study is designed to deepen the student’s understanding of the complexity of contemporary child and family health nursing care in the community setting. The family is examined from a socio-ecological perspective and within the broader environment in which families live. Primary health care and health promotion principles are explored within a strengths-based framework and the importance of family and community in promoting optimal child health in the early years is discussed. Students also explore tools for assessment of families, critical analysis of family theory and models of care that provide a framework for child and family health nursing practice. Students are introduced to the social determinants of health and the concept of working in partnership with families, government, non-government and support agencies to facilitate the transition to parenting, promote resilience, empowerment and community connectedness. Current government guidelines, directives, initiatives and research are examined within the context of child and family health nursing.

Family and Child Health
Unit of study code 040
Availability Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study

Pre-requisite N/A
Fee* Tier 3
Clinical Placement Requirements There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study. Each state and territory has its own documentation requirements. Any costs associated with clinical placement involving obtaining the correct documentation, uniform and travel costs are the student’s responsibility.
Prescribed text:

McMurrary, A & Clendon, J 2015, Community health and wellness: Primary health care in practice, 5th edn, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, Sydney.

Co-ordinated by: Sue Mapletoft MACN

Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Promoting family health and wellbeing a) Discuss the scope and significance of child and family health nursing in Australia Assessment 1 online discussions  10%   2,8
Theme 2: Assessing and strengthening the family b) Demonstrate leadership and promote leadership development in others through partnership with parents and other service providers Assessment 2 Professional experience  placement Satisfactory/unsatisfactory 9
Theme 3: Supporting families and communities c) Critically appraise the philosophies, polices, theories and guidelines that underpin child and family health practice in Australia Assessment 3 essay 1500 words 30% 5
d) Examine health promotion strategies in partnership with parents using a primary health care, strengths based framework Assessment 4 family assessment and analysis (3,500 words) 60% 10
e) Reflect on the importance of cultural awareness, cultural competence and communication when working with families with infants and young children.
f) Explore the concepts of health, wellness, resilience and community connectedness and apply these to practice
g) Discuss the bio-psychosocial, ecological, cultural and economic factors that impact on families with young children

h) Identify the components of a comprehensive primary health care and psychosocial assessment on a mother, infant and family.

TiersNon-member priceMember price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,100.00$1890.00
Tier 2$2,420.00$2178.00
Tier 3$2,800.00$2520.00
Tier 4$3,375.00$3037.50