Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

  • Effective from: 2018
  • Approved Abbreviation: GCCh&FHlth(Karitane)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4715
  • AQF Level: 8

Program Status: 

This program applies to students who commenced in 2020 or later.

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

For Commencement Year Spring 2018 to Autumn 2020, please refer to: 4715.2 Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

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

Study Mode

One year part-time.

Program Advice

Rachel Gregory-Wilson


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Online Part Time Online See above


Candidature for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Child & 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 program
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 work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application. 

Statement of Service form

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.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points comprised of the subjects listed below:

Subject Title Credit Points
NURS 7009Child and Family Health Practice: Supporting Growth and Development10
NURS 7010Child and Family Health: Professional Practice and Frameworks10
NURS 7012Clinical Practice: Infant and Child Nutrition and Feeding10
NURS 7055Perinatal, Infant and Child Mental Health10
Total Credit Points40