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Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing

Grad Dip Chil & Adol Hlth Nurs (Curtin) - GD-CAHNU Health Sciences
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July

Duration 1 year full-time

The Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing offers effective and specific education for generalist, child and adolescent community health nurses to prepare practitioners capable of fulfilling these diverse practice roles.

Community health nursing is modelled on a primary health care framework with the aim of promoting health, preventing disease, implementing early intervention strategies, managing individual cases and working in collaborative partnerships with clients. Embodied in the primary health care approach are the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention that are provided by community health nurses.

Given the autonomous work, nurses practising in the community must have professional skills and specialist preparation in these areas of community health nursing. The practice domain includes individuals, families, groups and whole communities. Australia's diverse multicultural society necessitates that community health nurses are able to provide evidence based social-cultural health support to the profession and members of the community.

Students will develop effective health research skills and learn to critically evaluate research findings and incorporate evidence-based knowledge into their community health nursing practice.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Applicants must hold a bachelor degree and Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Graduate Certificate with a course weighted average of 70) or equivalent and registration as a general nurse in Division One with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Applicants are required to have midwifery registration or have undertaken a maternity nursing bridging unit. Applicants without midwifery registration need to enrol in the Family and Newborn Health unit as a Not for Degree - Extension student prior to commencing the Graduate Certificate or in the first semester of the course concurrently with the other units. The Family and Newborn Health unit does not lead to a qualification. Students do not receive any FeeHelp assistance for this unit and are required by the university to pay full fees soon after enrolment.

Additional requirements

If not already undertaken at Graduate Certificate level: Students need to be able to undertake a compulsory five day pre- clinical skills workshop at the Bentley campus prior to their clinical placement. There are no further fees incurred for this workshop but rural students will need to fund travel and accommodation expenses.

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.



Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • community health nurse generalist
  • community child health nurse
  • community school health nurse in primary and secondary schools
  • community adolescent health nurse in community agencies.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for positions in community child and adolescent health (child health, school health or general community health).

How this course will make you industry ready

Graduates from this course will have the clinical competencies to practise at various professional levels in child and adolescent health nursing, across an extensive range of population groups.

Currently Curtin University is the sole educational provider in Western Australia for this course. Curtin maintains close collaboration with agencies providing child and adolescent health services in the community, ensuring that the course materials are relevant and up to date.

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