NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health (8)


This subject will provide students with a broad knowledge base in the concepts and practices related to family and community health. Health promotion, education and primary health care in a family context are highlighted together with a focus on family dynamics. Using a primary health care framework, this subject explores nursing issues related to the child bearing and child rearing family, and includes: family and society; family structures and functions; child development; families at risk; Indigenous Australian families and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and models of assessment. A variety of teaching strategies will guide students through various aspects of nursing practice and skill development related to the health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and families; risk assessment, management and minimisation; application of law and ethics in nursing practice, and health education and promotion strategies (for distance education students this will involve a 1 day residential school). Students will undertake an 80 hour workplace learning experience in this subject, which may be undertaken overseas.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalDubbo Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Bathurst Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS311
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One session HD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing course.
(NRS113 and NRS122) or NRS294

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and explain effects of legislation governing nursing practice in the care of children, adolescents and families (aligns with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse: 1.1, 1.2, 2.5).
  • be able to recognise and articulate the impact and role of health promotion, health education, primary health and partnership care models (NMBA 2.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 8.1).
  • be able to critically analyse epidemiological and health information, and research that impacts on the health of families and communities (with a focus on Indigenous Australians) (NMBA 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1).
  • be able to provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence-based nursing care for children, adolescents and families (NMBA 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4, 7.7, 8.1, 8.2, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5).
  • be able to effectively adjust and evaluate communication to meet the needs of identified target groups while providing education which enables self care (NMBA 1.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.2, 5.1, 5.2, 7.7, 9.2, 9.4, 10.2).


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and health care for families, communities and rural populations. Family and society. Family structure and function. Family assessment models. Working in partnership with families - models and practices. Government and non-government policies and programs to support families. Social determinants of health. Health care access for families from different cultural backgrounds (e.g. rural, culturally and linguistically diverse, Indigenous Australian people, refugees). Epidemiological factors, meaning and significance.
  • Module 2: Nursing care for the childbearing family. Pregnancy care (screening and assessments). Education, support and advocacy for childbearing families, cultural considerations. Promotion of health and self-care during pregnancy. Government initiatives to support childbearing families. At risk pregnancy (assessment and interventions of common presentations).
  • Module 3: Assessment of growth and development. Growth and development (milestones, screening and assessment babies to adolescence). Nursing assessment (developmental assessment of infants and children; screening; common issues for adolescents and their families). Interprofessional and intersectorial communication (e.g. counselling, schools). Primary and secondary prevention and health care (immunisation). Educating, supporting and advocating for child rearing families. Communicating with children, families and groups. Promotion of health and self-care during childhood and adolescence.
  • Module 4: Risk assessment and management relating to children, adolescents and families. Age of consent. Risk assessment, mandatory reporting. Family violence. Ethical issues.
  • Module 5: Clinical skills relevant for children, adolescents and families. Documentation. Screening tools. Antenatal assessments. Newborn assessments. Developmental assessments. Formula preparation. Baby bathing. Baby wrapping. Revise CPR and EAR for babies, toddlers, children and adolescents. Medication administration for babies, toddlers, children and adolescents (revision of calculations). Infection prevention.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 1 day residential school. This will include tutorials and assessment of students through Clinical Skills Labs/Simulation. Development of physical skills through simulation is essential in the development of nursing skills related to children, adolescents and families.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 10 days duration. Students will attend a workplace learning component focussing of child, adolescent and family health.  The workplace component of this subject can be completed overseas as an elective. This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 10 days duration. Students will attend a workplace learning component focussing of child, adolescent and family health.  The workplace component of this subject can be completed overseas as an elective.

Specialised Resources

Distance Education students will be required to travel to a residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.