Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, you will use your professional knowledge of children and families to plan and implement safe and effective care for families with young children in the community. You will undertake clinical practice in community-based maternal and child health and education settings. This subject enables you to assess the health and development of children and maternal wellbeing, using appropriate screening and assessment tools. You will build on past learning to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills and develop personal learning goals. The subject is delivered via a flexible online mode comprising on-campus seminars and workshops, online learning modules via LMS and online virtual classrooms.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCatina Adams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the following course: HGCFCN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPediatric physical examination (3rd ed)PrescribedDuderstadt, K. G. (2018)Elsevier
ReadingsFrom birth to five years: Practical developmental examinationPrescribedSharma, A. & Cockerill, H. (2014)Routledge
Discipline SpecificCompetency Standards for the Victorian Maternal and Child Health NursePrescribedVAMCHN Order from 2009 Included in membership for students, or $15
Discipline SpecificDocumentation Standards for Maternal and Child Health Nurses in VictoriaPrescribedVAMCHN (ANMF) & VMCHCG VAMCHN. Order from 2016. $10
TechnologiesPEDS eLearning Foundation (Course 1)PrescribedEnrol online at for MCH students. Approx cost is $55
ReadingsPEDS Brief Administration and Scoring GuidePrescribedGlascoe, F. P. & CCCHAvailable free from
ReadingsFrom Birth to Five years: Children's Developmental ProgressRecommendedSharma, A. and Cockerill, H. (2014)4th Ed, Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Undertake comprehensive neonatal assessments in maternal and child health settings and appropriately document findings

Clinical practicum

02. Using prescribed tools, accurately assess the health and development of children under 5 years.

Online activity; Clinical practicum

03. Develop evidence-based early childhood health and development interventions for the maternal and child health context.

Online activity; Clinical practicum; oral presentation

04. Engage in reflective practice as an independent work at beginner practitioner to identify personal goals and areas for improvement in maternal and child health clinical practice

Online learning activity; written exercise; clinical practicum

05. Tailor professional communication to communicate appropriately across diverse maternal and child health situations

Clinical practicum; spoken exercise

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Week 06-24, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatina Adams

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 17
One 5.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 17 and delivered via online.
"4 hours per week of flexible online student directed learning modules, via LMS (12 modules)."

Seminar Week: 06 - 23
One 24.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"1 X 3-day workshop (21 hours) and 1 3-hour tutorial "

Scheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 23
Four 1.5 hours scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 23 and delivered via online.
"4x1.5-hour online virtual classroom via ZOOM"

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 23
Eighteen 1.0 days placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.
"140 hours off-site clinical placement preferably at least 2 days per week for 9 weeks in consultation with placement agencies."

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 23
Twelve 1.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 23 and delivered via online.
"Contribution to online forums (1 hour per week for each of 12 modules)"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Online test - equivalent to 1500 wordsMultiple choice and/or short answer quiz15 03, 04, 05
Oral case presentation equivalent to 2000 wordsComplex case presentation, incorporating written exercise and oral presentation, or other specified media20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
2500-word equivalent clinical assessment and reflectionsIncludes completion of clinical hours and reflection on clinical practicum .Students must pass the clinical practicum to pass the subject.30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Written essay 3000 wordsEssay demonstrating theoretical knowledge and research skills30 03, 04, 05
Contribution to online discussion forum (1000 words)Contribution to online discussion forums5 03, 04, 05