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The purpose of this unit of study is to build on and consolidate knowledge achieved in the pre-requisite unit of study Applied neonatal physiology (071). Throughout all sections there is an underlying theme of individualised, family focused developmentally supportive care which is an essential element of contemporary neonatal nursing practice. The ability to stabilise a sick newborn prior to transport as well as provide comfort and support, to families experiencing this crisis is essential for nurses working in level two centres. This unit of study will extend on previous knowledge to include the assessment and clinical management of newborns who require emergency resuscitation and on-going stabilisation for a variety of underlying pathophysiological conditions. Clinical management strategies covered within the unit of study content include modes of respiratory support such as Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and High Flow nasal cannula oxygen.

Neonatal special care

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Neonatal Care

PG Single Unit of Study




071 – Applied neonatal physiology

255 – Assessment of growth and development


Tier 1

Recommended texts:

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) 2016, Textbook of Neonatal resuscitation textbook, 7th edn., Author, Chicago.

Gardner, SL, Carter, BS, Enzman-Hines, M & Hernandez, JA (eds.) 2016, Merenstein & Gardner’s handbook of neonatal Intensive care, 8th edn., Elsevier, St.Louis, Missouri.

Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe 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: Neonatal assessment

a) Examine the principles of individualised, developmentally supportive neonatal care balanced with family centred care.

Assessment 1 Online discussions



Theme 2: Interventions

b) Apply evidence based specialist knowledge and relevant comprehensive neonatal assessment skills to the care of the infant

Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Transport and discharge

c) Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in the special care environment

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)




d) Investigate current evidence to plan and prioritise care specific to gestational sub-populations





e) Analyse current evidence to plan and prioritise escalation/transport of the deteriorating infant 





f) Investigate community support agencies to plan and prioritise discharge of the convalescing infant 




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

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.