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Child and Adolescent Health Nursing

Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Child and Adolescent Health Nursing
2 years full-time
Curtin Perth


Apply primary health care principles to maintain the wellbeing of children, their families and communities.

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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.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • The first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university, Curtin's School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
  • Teaching staff are highly qualified, both academically and professionally.
  • The School ensures its leading position in nursing education through industry partnerships integrated with its teaching and research programs.

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.

Career information

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).

What you'll learn

  • analyse psychosocial determinants to effectively integrate principles of primary health care into practice to maintain optimal wellbeing of the individual, family and community
  • identify, analyse the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual, family and/or community to determine and plan holistic, evidence based health care needs within a community practice setting
  • locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature; evaluate and synthesise the evidence to inform decision making in community health nursing practice
  • demonstrate quality written, oral and interpersonal communication skills in academic, professional and community health care contexts; promote nursing health care within the community in the context of public health policy
  • use appropriate technologies to practice child and adolescent health nursing practice; collect and manage information ethically and effectively
  • demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning; identify the use of lifelong learning skills and ability to incorporate learning opportunities in nursing practice
  • recognise national and global child and adolescent health issues and strategic health care directions; relate these to child and adolescent health nursing practice; integrate international evidence based practice into community health nursing practice
  • provide culturally aware and respectful health care provision to multicultural groups and Indigenous communities; integrate principles of cultural security, advocacy and social justice into the care of all clients
  • analyse impacting sociocultural environments to demonstrate professional and ethical practice in child and adolescent health nursing; work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary health care team

Admission criteria

Applicants must hold a Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Health 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).

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

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Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Domestic $12,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.


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