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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)
  • Graduate Diploma in Child Family and Community Nursing (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.

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LA TROBE UNIVERSITY                                

Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing

La Trobe’s Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing prepares you for a broad community approach to nursing children and families, particularly those in the prenatal to school-entry stage of their life cycle.

Study community child health, including the nurturing care of mothers, children and families throughout the childbearing years. Explore the practice of nursing, midwifery research, Indigenous health, perinatal health and the care of families facing adversity. Graduate ready to apply an evidence based approach to practice, communicate effectively, critically analyse and apply principles for optimal health outcomes.

As part of the course, you’ll undertake 40 days of clinical practice in community-based maternal, child health and early childhood education settings.

Entry requirements:
• Applicants must hold current registration with AHPRA as both a Registered Nurse and a Midwife.
• Applicants must also have at least 12 months recent experience in both Nursing and Midwifery (a total of two years).
• Australian Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
• Students must have secured access to placement in Maternal and Child Health service/s for the duration of their course, with written confirmation from that service provider.

Duration : 1 year full-time or part time equivalent