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Family and Child Health

Speciality Classification
Australian College of Nursing (ACN)

In this Unit, the student is introduced to contemporary Child and family health nursing practice in Australia. The role of the nurse, intradisciplinary team, government, and non-government agencies in supporting parents with infants and young children is explored. A primary health care philosophy and health promotion principles form the framework for practice. Current research, policy, and guidelines underpinning Child and family health nursing are analysed.

Students will become familiar with the social determinants of health and the concept of working in partnership with families. Students are introduced to family theory, psychosocial assessment tools, and a strengths-based model of care. The importance of recognising and responding to perinatal anxiety and depression during the transition to parenting is outlined.

Support networks and community connectedness promote resilience and protect children during their formative years. Therefore, the child and family are observed from their environment’s socio-ecological and cultural perspective. Students studying this Unit will consolidate their theoretical learning through a professional experience placement in a child and family health nursing setting.

Clinical Placement Requirements

There is a compulsory 40 hours clinical placement for this unit of study.

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory have its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please view our clinical placement information page, then click on the tab for your state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there are unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.


Hours of Study: 150

Credit Points : 6

Modules / Topics

Theme 1: Promoting family health and well-being

Critically analyse the philosophies, policies, theories, and frameworks that underpin Child and family health nursing practice in Australia

Theme 2: Assessing and strengthening the family

Apply advanced knowledge of the social determinants of health and the concepts of resilience and community connectedness to support practice

Theme 3: Supporting families and communities

  • Discuss the ecological, cultural, political, and economic factors that impact families with young children
  • Evaluate the perinatal health and well-being of caregivers during the transition to parenting in the early years
  • Create partnerships with community networks and the multidisciplinary healthcare team to build strong foundations for the family and community
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion strategies in partnership with families using primary health care, strengths-based framework
Family and Child Health
Speciality Classification
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Price Details
ACN Members Price 3,096.00
ACN Members Price 3,096.00
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