Course Title: Health Promotion for Early Parenting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Promotion for Early Parenting

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences



Course Coordinator: Dr Leanne Sheeran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7445

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.7.07

Course Coordinator Availability: Mon to Fri (but sometimes off campus for clinical and meetings)

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

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

Course Description

In this course you will critically examine the concepts of health promotion and health education in the context of primary health care. Key parenting concerns for the 0-6 year age group such as infant mental health, sleep and settling, safe sleeping, play, behaviour and safety will be examined from an evidence based perspective. You will also appraise contemporary parenting programs and plan and evaluate a parent group session for a Maternal and Child Health MCH service. Throughout the course the focus will be on working in partnership with families.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes:

PLO 1: Critically examine the principles of primary health care to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion activities within child, family and community health practice.

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. Critically examine health promotion in the context of primary health care and review key health promotion issues in child, family and community health.

2. Evaluate the current evidence base related to infant mental health and integrate this into MCH practice and early parenting support.

3. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of infant and child sleep, including ’safe sleeping guidelines’ and be able to discuss this information with parents and carers.

4. Identify common (key) parenting concerns for parents and children aged 0-6 years, appraise the evidence base around each and work in partnership with parents to address their concerns, discuss options and plan management strategies.

5. Review and critically evaluate contemporary parenting programs and prepare and evaluate a parent group session to new parents or those with young children.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of formal lectures, workshops, online learning packages, class based or on line discussion and self directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature to provide a solid theoretical base to inform your subsequent professional practice.

You will be expected to participate in workshops and other experiential exercises. Practical learning activities may be provided in a variety of ways, including both simulated and authentic learning activities. During the course you will also have the opportunity to plan, evaluate and critique a parent group session.

36 teacher directed hours, 72 independent learning hours

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources.  Directed course readings from current journals, MCH resource guides and other government publications will also support your learning. Material chosen may be digitally available to you as on line course material or supplemented by face to face workshops, class discussions or group work. RMIT will provide you with Blackboard resources and tools for learning via the online system.

Overview of Assessment

1. Knowledge of key health promotion and early parenting concepts will be assessed via online quizzes. Participation and engagement in the course will be encouraged via the course discussion board.

2. Application of learning will be assessed by group work and oral and written presentations.

3. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skill development via the creation of a health promotion poster or a parent group session plan.