Graduate Diploma of Health (Child and Family Health Nursing)

Become a specialist practitioner in the care of neonates and their families in the context of a multidisciplinary team.
1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.

This program prepares individuals who are both registered nurses and midwives to practice as a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse in community-based nursing with advanced skills to work in partnership with children from birth to school age and families.

Coursework from the Graduate Diploma of Health (Child and Family Health Nursing) is delivered throughout first year, focusing on theoretical and professional practice skills. As part of the program you will undertake a minimum of 300 hours in community-based professional practice placements. Organisations and enterprises including Casey, Cardinia and Greater Dandenong councils have partnered with Federation University to support your learning.

This program is open to students who have successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery or Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery. It also available as a masters option.

  • Child and family health nurse

Successful completion of the Master of Health will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALM6301, 15 credit points
HEALM6302, 15 credit points
HEALM6303, 15 credit points
HEALP6202, 15 credit points

Semester 2

HEALM6304, 15 credit points
HEALM6305, 15 credit points
HEALM6306, 15 credit points
MIDGD6005, 15 credit points
This program requires a total of 300 placement hours


Placement (Compulsory)

Students must have secured access to placement in Maternal and Child Health service/s for the duration of their course, with written confirmation from that service provider. To secure your placement, you must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. The EOI is located here:

NB: Students please be aware that the 'MCH Applicant Information Pack and EOI 2021-22' available via the MAV website is still in the process of being updated to reflect Federation University branding. Despite this, please use this documentation for engaging in the EOI process with the listed councils and as part of your application process.   

Entry requirements (year 12)

This program is not available to current (2020) or recent Year 12 (2019 & 2018) students.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Applicants for this stream of the program must be both:

  • An Australian Registered Nurse 
  • An Registered Midwife with graduate experience and:
  • Demonstrate recent work experience defined as having worked in nursing or midwifery for a minimum of one year(in each) in the past five years* 

*To demonstrate work experience, you should provide a CV/Resume listing previous positions and education max 2 pages.  
Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery may be eligible for advanced standing depending on equivalency.


Extra Requirements

Extra requirements to be supplied with application:

All applicants must complete and submit:

  • Essential Requirements Form
  • Immunisation Verification Form
  • Confirmation of Council Placement
  • Copy of CV/Resume with evidence of industry experience 
  • Proof of AHPRA registration

 Essentail Requirments for enrolment or graduation:

  • Working with Children Check (WWC)
  • National Police record Check



The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HM4

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$3,950 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2021

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

While this program does not lead to registration as a health professional, you will enhance your professional standing within your discipline area providing you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Health

Course coordinator

Rayleen Breach