Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing
DurationFull-time 1 year, Part-time 2 years
Next intakeNot applicable
This program prepares registered nurses (with qualifications as midwives) for advanced practice in community child and family health nursing.
You will develop the ability to critically analyse and apply principles of primary healthcare, to help you secure a rewarding role as a maternal and child health nurse.
In addition to child and family health specialty courses, the RMIT program includes family partnership training which is highly regarded by industry and also offers a dedicated elective in parent-infant mental health.
The face-to-face contact at RMIT develops strong clinical skills in child health and enables regular support and discussion to enhance learning.
RMIT University is at the forefront of nursing education and research. We are one of the oldest providers of nursing education in Australia with a history of industry partnership and strong graduate employability for over 40 years.
You will experience a range of learning approaches including learner-centred curriculum, learning activities and projects.
Your learning will be further supported by face-to-face lectures, some online learning, independent study and clinical experiences across a range of early childhood services.
The Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing consists of 96 credit points.
The program is structured to enable you to:
- critically analyse and apply the principles of primary health care related to child and family health
- analyse and evaluate nursing strategies designed to promote and maintain wellbeing for children and their families
- apply evidence-based practice to primary care within the scope of the Maternal Child Health (MCH) service
- critically examine key ethical issues relevant to professional health care practice in community settings.
You will complete seven core courses and one elective course. The following is an example of courses offered:
- Child and Family Health Assessment
- Families and Community Studies
- Health Promotion and Early Parenting
- Working in Partnership with Families
- Child and Family Nutrition
- Child and Family Nursing in the Community
- Maternal and Child Health Clinical Practice
To meet course requirements, you must complete a minimum of 300 hours of clinical experience in approved early childhood agencies. While most experience occurs in approved MCH centres, almost one-third of your clinical experience will include observations and visits to community agencies. These include childcare centres, early intervention services, early parenting centres, MCH Line, community day stay programs and other key services.
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Program code: GD159
- An Australian bachelor degree in Nursing, or equivalent.
- An Australian Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, or Bachelor of Midwifery, or equivalent.
- Current registration with Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (AHPRA) as both a registered Nurse and Midwife.
- Demonstrate recent clinical experience, defined as having worked in nursing or midwifery for a minimum of one year in the past five years.
Applicants are required to arrange a clinical place with a local Maternal Child Health (MCH) service and submit confirmation of this as part of the application process. You are encouraged to discuss this early in the application process with the program coordinator, who will also provide a specific form for this requirement.
International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Successful applicants must complete the following prior to commencing the clinical component of the program. (These processes can be time consuming and should be started once you have accepted your offer. Failure to do so could impact on your clinical component commencement.)
- Working With Children Check: Students must hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
- Police Check: Students must present evidence of a successful National Police Record Check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program. This should be current for the full calendar year of your clinical placement and can be arranged at the beginning of the year.
- Immunisations: Students must be adequately vaccinated prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program.
Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2019 indicative fees
Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*
Full-fee places: AU$21,120*
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
Income tax deductions
You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment. See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.
This program is approved for income support.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or the Department of Human Services for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.