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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Beverley Copnell


This unit explores concepts intrinsic to the growing child and family within a framework of family centred care. The specific focus is on perspectives of physical, cognitive and social growth and development of the child set within the context of the evolving family unit. Family life, role relationships, parenting and other family issues are examined in relation to their influence on the development and health of the child and family members. Aspects of health crisis and the impact that this has on the growing child and family are considered.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:
a. evaluate the physical and developmental level of a child;
b. appraise family dynamics as they influence the health and well being of a child;
c. value the importance of a family centred approach when caring for children;
d. assess the impact that a health crisis has on the patient and family;
e. consistently acts in a manner which encompasses a patient/family centred philosophy;
f. identifies the need for, and delivers appropriate nursing interventions which support the basic needs and comfort of the patient and family with a health crisis; and
g. develop critical thinking in relation to the philosophical and theoretical underpinning of child and family health (level five students).


Growth and Development Portfolio - 4-5000 words.(40%)+ Case study - 4-5000 words (40%)
Reflective Essays - 2000 words(20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Beverley Copnell