Are you considering a career in Child & Family Health Nursing?

NSW Child and Family Health Nurses have provided a primary health care service to families with young children 0-5 years for over 100 years.

Child and Family Health Nurses:

  • Are registered nurses with postgraduate qualifications in the speciality of child and family health nursing
  • Provide child focused family centred nursing care
  • Use collaborative partnerships with parents and other health care providers to achieve positive outcomes for families
  • Are uniquely placed in the community to support families by promoting positive parenting practices and provides up-to-date evidenced-based information
  • Perform child health screening and surveillance to assess child’s physical and emotional development, health and well being
  • Are ideally situated to identify parental emotional or physical issues and can provide advice, guidance, support and referrals to other health care providers

Child and Family Health Nursing:

  • Is centred on a wellness model of care which is underpinned by the principles of primary health care, early intervention and illness prevention
  • Promotes the development of a positive parent -child relationship by helping to increase the parent’s knowledge, sensitivity and reflective functioning
  • Works from a population health framework and monitors the normal growth and development of infants and children in the 0 – 5 year age group>
  • Promotes parental social and emotional well-being
  • Supports families to link purposefully with their local community to sustain family connectedness and self-efficacy

Child and Family Health Nurses work in a variety of settings:

  • Community child and family health centres that provide
    • universal and targeted home visiting
    • parenting groups
    • day stay and residential programs
    • perinatal mental health services
    • maternal drug and alcohol services and more

Universities and Colleges
offering Postgraduate Child and Family Health Nursing courses


Western Sydney University

in Child and Family Health (Karitane)

This innovative and professional course  is fully online, providing Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives with the theoretical knowledge and skills to apply advanced nursing concepts and analysis, and promote optimal health outcomes for children and families.


University of Technology Sydney

Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing

The program of study is designed to build on nursing knowledge and skills to develop capacity to work in a primary health care setting with young children and their families. The comprehensive study program focuses on infant care and child health, and the promotion of maternal and family health and wellbeing. The accompanying clinical experience program provides placements in community child and family health services as well as Tresillian Family Care Centres.

University of Tasmania

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (CFHN)

 This course is offered part-time only, over one year, or two semesters. The maximum time for completion is three years.

Australian College of Nursing Sydney

Graduate Certificate in CFHN

The Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing (CFHN) aims to provide nurses with a sound understanding of child and family health nursing within a legal, moral and ethical framework that reflects current models of care and government policy and practice initiatives. The course is designed to engage students in the planning and evaluation of their own clinical and educational needs in an environment conducive to their learning and development to prepare them for work in this specialty nursing field.

CAFHNA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land where we live and work and pay respects to Elders, past, present and future. We commit to a positive future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.