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Courses for Child and Family Health Nursing

A nurse who holds a recognised qualification in child and family health nursing has the required knowledge and skills to fulfil the scope of practice in child and family health nursing and is the most appropriate health professional to provide the comprehensive nursing service to families with infants and young children.

In Victoria, the current accepted qualifications for a maternal and child health nurse are:

  • NMBA Registered General Nurse
  • NMBA Registered Midwife
  • the completion of a recognised postgraduate education program.

Recognised post graduate education programs include:

  • Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing (RMIT)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Child Family and Community Nursing (La Trobe University)
  • Master of Nursing [Child, Family and Community] (La Trobe University)

Child and family health nursing practice is built on the base of a comprehensive nursing preparation. This enables the maternal and child health nurse to use nursing knowledge and skills to assess, and if necessary, to intervene to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the child and the parents.

Postgraduate education programs enable the nurse to extend her/his registered nurse qualification by broadening his/her scope of practice in the specialist area of practice of child and family health nursing. These postgraduate education programs enable the nurse to build specialty practice skills centred on a primary health care model using strength based approaches. The nurse uses high level communication skills to work in partnership with the parent.




Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing
This program prepares midwives for advanced practice in community child and family health. RMIT is one of the oldest providers of nursing education in Australia. We continue to be at the forefront of nursing education and research and offer a range of postgraduate programs to meet the current challenges facing practice and research.
You’ll develop the ability to critically analyse and apply principles of primary health care to help you secure a rewarding role as a maternal and child health nurse.
You are offered experience across a broad range of practice within the framework of early childhood services. Teaching/learning is done via face-to-face lectures, online, and supplemented by independent study and clinical placements.

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Program entry requirements:
• hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent, from an approved higher education institution
• be currently registered as a nurse and midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
• have at least 1 year of nursing experience within the last 5 years; and
• have at least 1 year of midwifery experience.

In order to undertake the compulsory clinical placements, the following current documents must be provided:
• Working with Children Check
• National Police Check
• Immunisation status.
For further information see the course website

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LA TROBE UNIVERSITY                                

Child, Family and Community Nursing
Master of Nursing
The Master of Nursing helps registered nurses build their careers through qualifying in one of 14 specialisations. The degree is flexible and easily accessible for working nurses through online study.

There is the option to take an early exit from the Master of Nursing and get awarded with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma.

Entry requirements:
• Division 1 Registered Nurse and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent international body.
• Have at least one year of recent relevant nursing experience
• a degree or diploma from a college or university, or nursing certificate from a hospital-based program.
• must either already be employed in the relevant clinical specialist area or an agency approved by the Course Coordinator, or have applied to the agency to undertake your clinical placement at the time of applying for the course. In the latter case, an offer into the course will be conditional upon confirmation of the clinical placement.

Applicants for the child, family and community clinical specialisation must also have APHRA registration to practise as a midwife (and at least one year’s experience post-registration in midwifery). Although you are encouraged to organise your own clinical placement, clinical practicum in the Maternal and Child Health Service will be arranged by the University, through negotiation with the student and local government agencies.

Duration : 1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent, except for child, family and community (2 years full-time or part-time equivalent)

For further information see the course website

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