Graduate Diploma of Child, Family and Community Nursing

La Trobe University

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.

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).


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Subjects you can Study:

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.

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.

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 1 year
Melbourne No info No Part time 2 years
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In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

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Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

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