What is child and family health nursing?
Child and family health nurses are recognised as practicing at an extended level of nursing. Child and family health nurses work in partnership with parents and families with infants and young children, to develop their skills in parenting and caring. This may include health teaching, promotion, group work and counselling for parents and caregivers, and health surveillance of infants and children.
A child and family health nurse may work as part of a specialist nursing team, within a multidisciplinary team or as individual case managers. Services may be provided in the home, primary health care services such as early childhood health or community health centres, secondary level services in specialist day stay, residential family care centres or breastfeeding clinics for mothers and babies, tertiary services such as those offered by Tresillian or Karitane, or via telecommunication.
How can I become a child and family health nurse?
A child and family health nurse is a Registered Nurse who has postgraduate qualifications in child and family health nursing. At UTS our postgraduate program is offered as a joint initiative between the university and Tresillian Family Care Centres. The course focuses on infant care and child health, and the promotion of maternal and family health and wellbeing and the accompanying clinical experience program provides placements in community child and family health services as well as Tresillian Family Care Centres.
This course is offered in partnership with Tresillian Family Care Centres.
Get in touch
Contact our Course Coordinator Joanne Sunners for more information: email Joanne.Sunners@uts.edu.au.
Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing - Graduate Attributes
A graduate of this course practices within a strengths-based, relationship-focused, family-partnership wellness model.
A graduate of this course demonstrates cognitive flexibility and reflective functioning when working with families and young children.
A graduate of this course promotes the primacy of early childhood and the importance of first relationships in relation to health and wellbeing outcomes throughout the lifespan.
A graduate of this course exhibits specialist nursing knowledge and skills in the care of young children, parents and families at beginning practitioner level.
Evidence Based Practice
A graduate of this course is a critical thinker who is able to assess a body of evidence and integrate it into practice.
Indigenous Cultural Respect
Graduates have professional competency, which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness.