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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

TCFH01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health is an online course designed for registered nurses and midwives seeking to extend their knowledge and expand their scope of practice.

This course addresses the principles of equity, empowerment, and the socio-political determinants of health. It has an inter-sectoral focus on individual, family and community access to services, supporting the healthy development of children and families.

During this course, you will enhance your clinical practice, knowledge and skills in child and family health theory, care delivery processes, clinical education and clinical management.

This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the health service, and you will learn skills and knowledge that can be directly applied to your current or future professional practice.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to upskill in the field of healthcare. Advance your career with CDU's wide range of postgraduate health courses to develop specialist skills and knowledge that help you transition into leadership roles.

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance
Stephen Kho - Public Health Research

Why study a health course at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2023)
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous and Asia-Pacific health, tropical medicine and other issues of international importance

What will I study?

This 80-credit point course consists of six core units and two specialist elective units.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below.
 

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(6 units)
60cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 60 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HEA533 Mental Health Care During the Perinatal Time (replaces HEA591 Perinatal Mental Health from S2 2022)
HEA542 Informing Practice with evidence
HEA555 Infant and Child Nutrition
HEA590 Foundations of Child and Family Health Professional Practice
HEA593 Developing Practice in Child and Family Health  
HEA594 Working in partnership with individuals, families and communities

Specialist Elective

(2 units)

20cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

HEA541 Culture in practice
HEA595 Elective Study in Child and Family Health Studies
MID511 Examination of the Newborn
PHM593 Tropical Child & Adolescent Health

 80cpTotal Credit Points

Course Rules (unless otherwise indicated in the above course structure)

Course Changes - 2022
HEA591 Perinatal Mental Health has been replaced by HEA533 Mental Health Care During the Perinatal Time as a core unit from Semester 2 2022.

Study plan


Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time and part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA590 Foundations of Child and Family Health Professional PracticeCOHEA593 Developing Practice in Child and Family HealthCO
HEA542 Informing Practice with evidenceCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
HEA555 Infant and Child NutritionCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
HEA594 Working in partnership with individuals, families and communitiesCOHEA533 Mental Health Care During the Perinatal Time (replaces HEA591 from S2 2022)CO

Part-time Study Plan

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA590 Foundations of Child and Family Health Professional PracticeCOHEA593 Developing Practice in Child and Family HealthCO
HEA542 Informing Practice with evidenceCOHEA533 Mental Health Care During the Perinatal Time (replaces HEA591 from S2 2022)CO
Year 2
HEA555 Infant and Child NutritionCOSpecialist Elective 1SE
HEA594 Working in partnership with individuals, families and communitiesCOSpecialist Elective 2SE

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Applicants must hold current registration as a registered nurse (Division 1) or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

It is expected applicants have at least one year full time recent employment (post registration), in a midwifery/nursing or associated setting by date of application.

Essential requirements

Students must provide proof that they have met all university and State/Territory pre-clinical requirements before they can undertake those units that include clinical placements. These requirements include, but are not limited to, immunisation requirements, Senior First Aid qualification, annual criminal record checks and/or working with children clearances and/or fitness-to-practice requirements.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health
Faculty/College
Faculty of Health
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.auPhone:1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GD539
872122
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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