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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

Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 3
Clinical placement requirements

There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our clinical placement information page, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Prescribed texts Clendon, J and Munns, A 2019, Community health and wellness: Principles of primary health care, 6th edn, Elsevier Australia, Sydney.
Co-ordinated by Sue Mapletoft MACN

Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Note 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 (1,500 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.

Family and Child Health (040) is a Tier 3 unit.

Tiers2020 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,007.00$2,230.00$2,070.00$2,300.00
Tier 2$2,295.00$2,550.00$2,362.50$2,625.00
Tier 3$2,695.50$2,995.00$2,776.50$3,085.00
Tier 4$3,222.00$3,580.00$3,321.00$3,690.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.