Course Title: Child and Family Nutrition

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Child and Family Nutrition

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Leanne Sheeran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7445

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.007

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Bachelor degree or equivalent, in a related health or community service field.

Course Description

This course enables you to examine nutrition knowledge relevant to families with children aged 0-6 years. It embraces a developmental and family centred approach. It will encompass nutrition issues including the promotion, support and protection of breastfeeding, the assessment and management of breastfeeding issues, appropriate use of infant formula, the introduction of first foods and the nutritional requirements for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and families. Community management of key nutrition issues and relevant referral will also be explored.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for GD159 Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing in the following way:

  •  PLO 3:  Critically evaluate contemporary research findings and integrate these to provide comprehensive, safe and effective evidence based health care for children, families and the community
  • PLO 5:  Conduct individual and family consultations and group sessions in a planned, systematic, professional and timely manner, providing feedback to families and engaging them in decision making regarding their own care.
  • PLO 6:  Communicate effectively with children, families and groups to engage and support clients, working in partnership with families and interdisciplinary health teams to promote, assess and support maternal, child and family health and wellbeing.

At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of breastfeeding and human lactation. Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills to assess, analyse, support and manage key maternal and infant breastfeeding issues.
  2. Exhibit specialised knowledge of infant formula and be able to communicate this to families and other professionals.
  3. Review the key principles of infant and child growth and factors that may cause variations. 
  4. Synthesise assessment findings related to nutrition and child growth parameters (including sensitively discussing any areas of concern with parents); exploring interim management strategies; and referring for medical/dietician review as appropriate. 
  5. Promote and communicate evidence-based nutrition practices for infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and families. 
  6. Critically examine key nutrition issues in child, family and community health and propose strategies to collaborate with families, allied health workers and the community to address these.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of on line learning packages, face to face workshops, online discussion and self-directed learning exercises. These activities will include directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical basis to inform your subsequent professional practice. The course will involve participation in 2 x 5 hour face to face workshops. The first workshop will focus on managing breastfeeding issues and the second will discuss child and family nutrition and include simulated learning activities.

36 teacher directed hours, 72 independent learning hours

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Directed course readings from current journals including WHO and NHMR publications, and position statements, M&CH resource guides and other government publications will support your learning. Material to be chosen may be digitally available to you. Online resources will be supplemented by online discussions, and Blackboard resources. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through the online system.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Breastfeeding Clinical Issues 2000 word Report

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: Nutrition Group Project

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam

Weighting 40%           

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6