Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

Approved Abbreviation: GDCh&FHlth(Karitane)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4714.1

AQF Level: 8

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.

The Graduate Diploma in Child & 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. Students who successfully complete this course may transfer into the Master of Child and Family Health (Karitane).

Study Mode
Two years part-time.


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Diploma in 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 (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), in any discipline


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 80 credit points including 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.

Recommended Sequence

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
401168Evidence Based Health Care
400831Healthy Families and Communities
400832Partnership in Practice
400833Perinatal Mental Health

And one elective

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