NURS 7026 Healthy Families and Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400831

Coordinator Rachel Gregory-Wilson Opens in new window

Description This unit explores the diversity and complexity of families and communities by examining differing cultural and social values, beliefs and practices relating to family structure, functioning and parenting practices. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own cultural values and beliefs and how these influence practice when working with children and families. The unit will provide an introduction to community needs, assessment and principles of community development. Focusing on contemporary issues, content includes transition to parenthood, father inclusive practice, parenting children with disabilities, the changing role of gradnparents and carers in Australian society and how neighbourhood and communities influence outcomes for children. This unit will provide students with foundational knowledge in identifying and supporting families with vulnerabilities and fostering resilience. Child protection issues will be addressed.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of Primary Health Care and families in Australian society at an undergraduate level, augmented with clinical experience at a general Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife level.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the characteristics and diversity of families in Australia and contributing factors such as key social movements (Neoliberalism, feminism, reconciliation and migration).
  2. Analyse the key influences on family structure and functioning including neighbourhood and community resources and Govt policies using a sociolo-ecological model.
  3. Critically discuss the impact of contemporary state and federal government policies on family health and wellbeing.
  4. Identify the key component s of a community needs assessment and related community development.
  5. Integrate local community and web based resources to support families.
  6. Critically discuss the factors that impact on outcomes for child and family health & well being in the transition to parenthood.
  7. Demonstrate understanding including factors of vulnerability and resilience of the child and family health.
  8. Apply communication and other technologies effectively in personal and professional learning.
  9. Demonstrate highly developed skills as a self- reliant learner to effectively in groups and teams.

Subject Content

Module 1
- The health and wellbeing of families in Australian society
- social movements shaping Australian society
- government policy that influences family health & wellbeing in Australia
- Factors affecting outcomes for families at Risk
- The role of The child and family health Nurse in child protection
Module 2
- The primary health care approach
- community needs assessment
- community development
- culturally diverse communities
- developing community resources & support services for parents
Module 3
- antenatal health - The precursor to healthy children & families
- supporting The transition to parenthood
- women?fs health after childbirth
- Father inclusive practices
- cultural diversity and parenting practices


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Essay: Cultural and social values, beliefs and practices relating to family structure, functioning and parenting practices 2,000 words 50 N Individual
Case Study: Maternal and paternal transition to parenthood 2,000 words 50 N Individual
Asynchronous discussion board participation 3 threads 250 words each post S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Kim Psaila Opens in new window

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