Master of Nursing (Child and Family Health - Karitane)

Approved Abbreviation: MN(Ch&FHlthKaritane)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4649.1

Course Status: INACTIVE
This version of the course is no longer offered. Please use the course search to find courses currently available.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2009 or later.

The aim of the Master in Nursing (Child & Family Health – Karitane) is to provide Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives with theoretical knowledge and associated skills that prepare them to work autonomously and across a variety of clinical settings with children and families. Graduates will be able to apply advanced nursing concepts and analysis and lead nursing practice to promote optimal health outcomes for children and families. This will involve among other things, design, implementation and evaluation of advanced clinical nursing care systems, analysis and synthesis of nursing concepts leading to a basis for advanced nursing practice and the facilitation of change.

Study Mode
Two years part-time.

Course Advice

Dr Sharon


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeExternalSharon Hillege


Applicants must have:

Registration of a nurse or midwife under the Register of Nurses and Midwives Board NSW, or eligibility for same


Successful completion of a Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)


Five years full-time equivalent recent (within the last 10 years) professional working experience

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).


International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International Office

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Special requirements are those stipulated by the NSW Health Department and UWS. These include: Prohibited Persons Employment Declaration (PPED); NSW Health Clinical Placement Authority (Criminal Record Check); Adult Health Immunisation.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400828.2Child & Family Health Nursing: Professional Practice and Frameworks
400829.2Child & Family Health Nursing: Supporting Growth and Development

Spring session

400830.3Clinical Practice: Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding
400831.2Healthy Families and Communities

Year 2

Autumn session

400832.1Partnership in Practice
400833.3Perinatal Mental Health

Spring session

400206.2Evidence-based Nursing

And one elective

Recommended electives

400834.1Advanced practice: Infant and Child feeding and Nutrition
400835.1Infant Mental Health

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