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Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

Approved Abbreviation: GCCh&FHlth(Karitane)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4715.3

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: 4715.2 Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

For Commencement Year 2015 to Autumn 2018, please refer to: 4715.1 Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

The Graduate Certificate 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 concepts and analysis to promote optimal health outcomes for children and families. Students who successfully complete this course may transfer into the Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health (Karitane).

Study Mode
One year part-time.


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Certificate 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


Employed in a new graduate program within a Child and Family Health service

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of employment in a new graduate program MUST support their application with a statement or employment from their employer.

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 40 credit points comprised of the units listed below.

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
401375Perinatal, Infant and Child Mental Health

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