Graduate Diploma of Child, Family and Community Nursing

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Take the next step in your nursing career. 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.


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent


  • Community Child Health
  • Maternal and Child Health Practice
  • Nurturing Child and Family
  • Complex Care in Maternal and Child Health Nursing. Students to select 30 credit points from the below list of subjects: Research in Nursing and Midwifery
  • Research and Evidence in Midwifery
  • Indigenous perinatal health.

Standard entry requirements

Academic level:- Australian Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). Specialisations (Compulsory):- Both nursing and midwifery. AHPRA certification (Compulsory):- Applicants must hold current registration with AHPRA as both a Registered Nurse and a Midwife. Placement (Compulsory):- 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. Work experience (Compulsory):- Applicants must also have at least 12 months of recent experience in both Nursing and Midwifery (a total of two years).

Further information

Immunisations:- Where a health placement will be undertaken in a health care setting, you may be required to provide immunisation/vaccination and health screening records. This is to help protect you from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases and/or from transmitting infection to clients. It is also required to ensure that State and Territory legislative requirements and contractual obligations to health care facilities are met. Details on disciplines with mandatory document requirements are available on the Health placements webpage. Police Record Check:- Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course. For more information see Victoria Police's National Police Record Check webpage. Working with Children Check:- Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. For more information, see the Working with Children Check website. Other requirements:- As the course utilises the online environment including video streaming, students should have basic information technology skills and reliable internet access. Inherent requirements:- Child, Family and Community Nursing Inherent Requirements All applicants are required to be aware of the Inherent Requirements of this course. If you think you may experience challenges in meeting these requirements related to a disability, health condition or any other reason, you are invited to discuss your options with a Course Coordinator.

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