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Graduate Diploma of Health (Neonatal Care)

Become a specialist practitioner in the care of neonates and their families in the context of a multidisciplinary team.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
Location
Semester 1
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Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Semester 1
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Flexible Delivery - Gippsland
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Length
1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This course is aimed at Registered Nurses and Midwives who are currently working in, or would like to work in, a Special Care Nursery environment, as well as:

•    Registered Nurses working in smaller, mostly rural hospitals who provide backup for midwives in birth suite when caring for compromised newborns, or

•    Registered midwives wanting to refresh their knowledge in caring for the compromised newborn.

This course therefore aims to equip nurses and midwives, some of whom are relatively isolated, with the knowledge and skills to care for unwell neonates in the Special Care Nursery environment, provide initial supportive care to unwell neonates or ongoing care to neonates with mild transient health issues. 

This course is only offered part-time (duration is 2 years). It is also available as a graduate certificate and masters option.

  • Neonatal intensive care nurse
  • Nurse

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma 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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

SUPPORTIVE NEONATAL CARE
HEALN6108, 30 credit points
Elective Midwifes

Elective Registered Nurse

Semester 2

COMPLEX NEONATAL CARE
HEALN6103, 30 credit points
Electives

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

This course requires a total of 80 placement hours

Entry requirements (non year 12)

An applicant must have successfully completed a three year (minimum) Bachelor level qualification in a related health cognate discipline area.

The HN9.NC Master / HM4.NC Graduate Diploma of Health (Neonatal Care) requires Registered Nurses and Midwives to further develop their knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and leadership in the level 3-5 special care nursery (SCN) setting (Department of Health Victoria SCN levels, or equivalent in other states). Clinical placement will not be provided for this course.

Extra requirements

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

All applicants must complete and submit:
1. Copy/ies of my nursing or midwifery bachelor degree or equivalent
2. Proof of my current AHPRA nursing and/or midwifery registration
3. Completed and signed immunisation status form [https://federation.edu.au/future-students/study-at-federation/apply/domestic/how-to-apply/vtac-requirements]
4. Completed supplementary application form [https://federation.edu.au/future-students/study-at-federation/apply/domestic/how-to-apply/vtac-requirements]
5. Working with Child Check (WWCC)

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

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HM4

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,445 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.

Scholarships

Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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 course 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.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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

Nursing

Course co-ordinator

Kerrie Laidlaw