Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

Approved Abbreviation: GDCh&FHlth(Karitane)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4714.3

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 Spring 2020 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For Commencement Year Spring 2018 to Autumn 2020, please refer to: 4714.2 Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

For Commencement Year 2015 to Autumn 2018, please refer to: 4714.1 Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

The Graduate Diploma in 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 practice, concepts and analysis and lead 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 and 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

Additional Information

Applicants residing in WA are unable to undertake this course as the University cannot provide clinical placements due to WA Department of Health Requirements

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.

Special Requirements

For Online Students

To enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health (Karitane), students must meet Western Sydney University course requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this course, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.

1. National Criminal History Check: Students must have a current check valid for their entire course. A valid National Criminal history check must be an Australia wide check, include the student's full name matching their Student ID card and date of birth and not have any offences listed. If a student has a criminal history identified on their check, they must provide a clearance or authority document or conditional letter from their relevant authorised state organisation.

International students must additionally have a translated International Police Check or statutory declaration.

2. Additional forms as required per state related to, but not limited to, Tuberculosis Assessment tool, Hepatitis B statutory declaration form, Signed Code of Conduct, Student Deed Poll and all other state equivalent documents as required.

Contact your school for further details.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

Work placement cannot be provided in Western Australia.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points comprised of the units listed below:

400971Child and Family Health: Professional Practice and Frameworks
400972Child and Family Health Practice: Supporting Growth and Development
400830Clinical Practice: Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding
401375Perinatal, Infant and Child Mental Health
400831Healthy Families and Communities
401168Evidence Based Health Care

And choose 20 credit points of units from

401085Scholarship for Practice Change in Health Care
401086Writing for Publication
401167Applied Research in Health Care
400975Ethics in Health Research
400835Infant Mental Health

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