NRS550 Clinical Perspectives in Child and Family Health Practice (8)

This subject will adopt a clinical focus to child and family health nursing. Participants will explore the issues that families with young children experience, be introduced to components of assessment, screening and surveillance that are undertaken by the child and family health nurse. Students will investigate strategies to support families who are experiencing parenting challenges. Students will explore the framework to work in partnership with vulnerable and high risk families to enhance the outcomes for the family and children.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Clinical Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate health assessment and professional nursing experience at an advanced level.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and examine common issues of early childhood
  • be able to discuss and reflect on common issue for parents and families
  • be able to develop and apply an understanding of assessment, screening and surveillance that is undertaken in a child and family health setting
  • be able to critically reflect on and demonstrate an understanding of strategies to support parents and families
  • be able to develop insight into the needs of vulnerable and high risk families and identify strategies to work with these families in a culturally competent manner


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1. Issues of infants and children in child and family health: development; growth and development milestones and age appropriate expectations; social and emotional development; factors affecting normal development. Feeding and nutrition for young children: breastfeeding; breast milk substitutes; starting family foods; fussy feeders; factors affecting feeding and nutrition. Behaviour: identifying behavioural difficulties in early childhood; factors affecting behaviour; common conditions of early childhood; recognising common conditions; interventions to address common conditions of early childhood .
  • Module 2. Common issues for parents and families; adjustment to parenting; diversity of family; cultural influences in parenting; father/ partner inclusive parenting.
  • Module 3. Assessment, Screening and Surveillance; Blue book/ personal health records for all infants and young children; methods and tools implemented in child and family health practice for assessing health, development and wellbeing of infants, children and parents; psychosocial screening; Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screening (EPDS).
  • Module 4. Strategies for working with families in child and family health: developing and supporting parents to implement parenting strategies; managing feeding and nutrition difficulties; managing sleeping difficulties; managing challenging behaviours in toddlers and preschoolers. Preventative health care: Immunisation: A Public Health Matter. What are the issues?; Early Childhood Oral Health; 4 Year Old Healthy Kids Checks.
  • Module 5. Working with high risk and vulnerable families: perinatal mental health; child protection; family and domestic violence; substance use; families with mental health problems.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.