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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health

2018

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Overview
Location
Satac Codes
External Studies
1GD005
1GD505
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
No
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

GDCFH

Award
Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health and Medicine

This course provides an opportunity to deepen and broaden your knowledge of caring for children and families, in a variety of health care and community environments.

Throughout the course, you will continue to strengthen your understanding of growth monitoring and developmental assessments, the importance of psychosocial assessment and the central role of parents in the child's environment.

You will also learn how to promote and maintain connections with other services as you prepare to work in partnership with families in a strengths-based model as opposed to the traditional problem-oriented models.

This course prepares you to practise as a professional child and family health clinician who is:

  • sensitive to the cultural needs of consumers in urban, rural and remote environments
  • reflective practitioner, skilled in consuming and conducting research and evidence-based enquiries.

You will build on professional experiences and reflect and critique knowledge, skills and attitudes about evidence, research and literature and apply this to a practical setting.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have at least two years' employment experience as a registered nurse.

Additional admission requirements

All applicants must complete a supplementary clinical information form at www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/Supplementary-information.pdf. The form should be completed as soon as possible after submitting the SATAC application.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted through SATAC.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements: (a) Australian Citizenship; (b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit. 
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Student Contribution and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments, Tuition Fee and 2018 HE Units and Fees.
 

Career opportunities

Graduating from this course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to safely and competently support families within State/Territory jurisdictions in child and family health across Australia.

Typically you work and support families with children aged 0-5 years.

  • For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

    For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

    For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

  • This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

  • Australian qualification framework

    This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campus notes

    This course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.

    Commonwealth Supported (CS) and Full Fee (FF) places are available for this course. Separate SATAC course codes are allocated for each fee option.

    AFB: This is an approved Away From Base (AFB) 'mixed-mode' course.
    For further information about AFB see www.cdu.edu.au/indigenousleadership/awayfrombase.html

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Course structure

The course comprises 6 core theoretical units and 2 practicum based units which comprise of 40 days placement. The clinical component of the course is attained mainly in child health centres. Included within the 40 day clinical experience is an Aboriginal Medical Service placement. A minimum of 40 days clinical experience is required throughout the course.

A 5 day clinical skills intensive is conducted within the first semester as part of HEA553 to consolidate the components of the unit and underline the requirements of the qualification. This unit maximises learning and is designed to assist in the development of essential knowledge and skills of a child and family health nurse, applying these with children and their families during the week placement.

It is essential that the chosen clinical venue can support a student both in fulfilling the clinical requirements of the course and in providing appropriate clinical supervision and support. Students who have not met the clinical practice requirements will not be able to complete the requirements of this course.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
Core
(8 units)
80
Compulsory Core units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below:

HEA541 Culture in Practice (recoded from HEA401 2016)
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence (recoded from HEA402 2016)
HEA555 Developing Clinical Skills and Theoretical Knowledge in Infant and Child Nutrition  (recoded from HEA445 2016) (previously SNP410)
HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 (recoded from HEA441 2016)
HEA552 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 2 (recoded from HEA442 2016)
HEA553 Specialty Clinical Practice (recoded from HEA443 2016) (title change in 2015) (20 day placement and 5 day intensive)
HEA554 Practice in Partnership (recoded from HEA444 2016)
HEA565 Clinical Specialisation 3  (recoded from HEA450 2016) (20 day placement)
 
Specialist Elective (0 units)
0
There are no Specialist Electives.
Electives
(0 units)
0
There are no Elective units.
 
80
Total Credit Points

 
Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

 

COURSE CHANGES AND TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS - 2016

Unit Code Changes

Previous Unit Code New Unit Code (2016) Unit Title
HEA401 HEA541  Culture in Practice
HEA402 HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence
HEA445 HEA555 Developing Clinical Skills and Theoretical Knowledge in Infant and Child Nutrition
HEA441 HEA551 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1
HEA442 HEA552 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 2
HEA443 HEA553 Specialty Clinical Practice
HEA444 HEA554 Practice in Partnership
HEA450 HEA565 Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 3

2015 Course Transitional Arrangements

SNP410 Independent Study has been replaced by HEA445 Developing Clinical Skills and Theoretical Knowledge in Infant and Child Nutrition. Students who have completed SNP410 prior to 2015 will receive 10cp towards compulsory core and will not be required to complete HEA445.

Summary of Pre-2011 Changes

  • The Specialist Elective unit HEA423 has been replaced by SNP410.   Students who commenced this course prior to 2011 can count HEA423 as a Specialist Elective.

2011 COURSE CHANGES
Students enrolled in this course prior to 2011 will note there have been some minor changes.

Summary of 2008 Changes

  • Core Units: SWK351 has been replaced by HEA444 - students continuing in this course who have not completed SWK351 prior to 2008, should enrol in HEA444 instead.
  • .Core Unit: NUR401 Advanced Clinical Practice has been replaced by HEA450 Clinical Specialisation 3.
  • Specialist Electives: HEA403 and HEA422 will not be available to students as of 2008.

 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard part time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit P = Practicum/Placement/Professional Practice
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 CO HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practice CO
HEA553 (recoded from HEA443) Specialty Clinical Practice P HEA552 (recoded from HEA442) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice CO
Year 2
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 P
HEA554 (recoded from HEA444) Practice in Partnership CO HEA555 (recoded from HEA445) Developing Clinical Skills and Theoretical Knowledge in Infant and Child Nutrition CO

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard part time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit P = Practicum/Placement/Professional Practice
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA541 (recoded from HEA401) Culture in Practic CO
    HEA552 (recoded from HEA442) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 2 CO
Year 2
HEA551 (recoded from HEA441) Child and Family Health Knowledge and Practice 1 CO HEA565 (recoded from HEA450) Clinical Specialisation 3 P
HEA553 (recoded from HEA443) Specialty Clinical Practice P HEA555 (recoded from HEA445) Developing Clinical Skills and Theoretical Knowledge in Infant and Child Nutrition CO
Year 3
HEA542 (recoded from HEA402) Informing Practice with Evidence CO    
HEA554 (recoded from HEA444) Practice in Partnership CO    

 

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