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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



Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study






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



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 & wellbeing

a) Discuss the scope and significance of child and family health nursing in Australia

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Assessing & 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 (40 hours)

Achieved/Not achieved


Theme 3: Supporting families & communities

c) Critically appraise the philosophies, policies, theories & guidelines that underpin child and family health nursing practice in Australia

Assessment 3 Essay (1500 words)




d) Examine health promotion strategies in partnership with parents using a primary health care, strengths based approach

Assessment 4: Family case analysis (3500 words)




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 while discussing the bio-psycho-social, ecological, cultural and economic factors that impact on families with young children and apply these to practice





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




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.