Charles Darwin University

Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

The Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health will extend the knowledge acquired through your undergraduate health studies and expand your scope of practice. This course addresses the principles of equity, empowerment, and the socio-political determinants of health through an inter-sectoral focus on the individual, family, and community access to services supporting the healthy development of children and families. During this course, you will have the opportunity to further enhance your clinical practice, knowledge and skills in child and family health theory, care delivery processes, clinical education and clinical management. This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the health service, and you will undertake education and assessments that have a direct application to your current or future professional practice.


  • This 80-credit point course consists of six core units and two specialist elective units.A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirementsCore(6 units)60cpCompulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:HEA542 Informing Practice with evidenceHEA555 Infant and Child NutritionHEA590 Foundations of Child and Family Health Professional PracticeHEA591 Perinatal Mental HealthHEA593 Developing Practice in Child and Family Health  HEA594 Working in partnership with individuals, families and communitiesSpecialist Elective(2 units)20cpSpecialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:HEA541 Culture in practiceHEA595 Elective Study in Child and Family Health StudiesMID511 Examination of the NewbornPHM593 Tropical Child &amp
  • Adolescent Health 80cpTotal Credit PointsStudents who commenced in or after 2013The 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.


  • Health and Medicine

Standard entry requirements

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse (Division 1) or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).It is expected applicants have at least one year full time recent employment (post registration), in a midwifery/nursing or associated setting by date of application.

Study information

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  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

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