Master of Child and Family Health (Karitane)

Approved Abbreviation: MCh&FamHlth(Karitane

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4713.1

AQF Level: 9

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 is 2015 or later.

For Commencement Year 2011 to 2014, please refer to: 4682.1 Master of Child and Family Health (Karitane)

The Master of Child and Family Health (Karitane) aims 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 practice, 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. Opportunities will be provided for students to undertake in-depth study into aspects of child and family health relevant to their specific areas of practice.

Study Mode
Three years part-time


Candidature for admission to the Master of Child & Family Health (Karitane) is based on the following requirements:

Registered Nurse or Midwife (currently registered to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery). Any other type of registration (non-practicing, limited, or student) is not acceptable for this course


Completion of an undergraduate degree in health-related sciences (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), such as health science, human science, midwifery, naturopathy, nursing, nutrition, psychology


One year full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse or registered midwife within the last five years.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

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.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points comprised of the units listed below.

Students enrolled in the course who have not completed Family Partnership Training through their employer will be required to complete the five day Family Partnership Training workshop on campus as part of their studies for the unit 400832.

400972Child and Family Health Practice: Supporting Growth and Development
400971Child and Family Health: Professional Practice and Frameworks
400830Clinical Practice: Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding
401082Cultural and Social Diversity in Health Care
401168Evidence Based Health Care
400831Healthy Families and Communities
400832Partnership in Practice
400833Perinatal Mental Health

And two electives

*See list of recommended elective units below

Choose one of

401083Capstone Experience in Health Care
401084Research Project in Health Care

(Note: 401083 and 401084 are 20 credit point units)

Or choose two of

401085Scholarship for Practice Change in Health Care
401086Writing for Publication

Recommended Elective Units

Note: Students undertaking 401084 Research Project in Health must first complete 401167 Applied Research in Health Care and 400975 Ethics in Health Research.

400834Advanced practice: Infant and Child feeding and Nutrition
401167Applied Research in Health Care
400975Ethics in Health Research
400835Infant Mental Health

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