Graduate Diploma in Child Health

Program Description

Applications for Quarter 1 (Commencing 9 January 2023) are now open. Click on "Register Interest" to receive more information about the course and how to apply.

This program is jointly delivered by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) in partnership with Western Sydney University (WSU).

This course is designed for health professionals working in a variety of clinical professions, from general practice, to nursing and allied health. 

This course provides students with a broad range of paediatric subspecialties relating to evidence-based care and practice, as well as detection and diagnosis of common childhood presentations. Students will learn to evaluate how social determinants can impact the care for children and make great impact in their role in advocating for paediatric patients. 

Course material will cover treatment and prevention strategies focused on delivering safe and effective child-centred health care. Completing this program will provide students with a stronger foundation in paediatric experience to support their daily practice in local region(s).

Who’s it for? This course is suitable for Junior Medical Doctors, General Practice registrars, General Practitioners, Medical Doctors, Final Year Medical Students, Allied Health Professionals and Nurses

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Learning outcomes

The course is divided into eight subjects reflecting a journey of learning in paediatric education covering areas from neonates to adolescents.Upon completion, participants can expect to:

Evaluate child health care frameworks, common developmental and behavioural issues and how health inequities impact on the care for children

Assess and examine common paediatric presentations according to current best evidence

Conduct appropriate investigations to assist with reaching a diagnosis aligning with best evidence

Develop evidence-based multi-disciplinary management plans of common paediatric problems

Communicate diagnosis and management of patients and their needs to parents/carers.

Reflect on Australian and international requirements for ethical conduct and professional standards to inform practices in the field of child health

Advocate for vulnerable paediatric patients early intervention to improve health outcomes for children and families


Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points which include the subjects listed below. Students are recommended to do subjects 1 to 4 before enrolling in subjects 5 to 8. Each subject is worth 10 credit points. Students may exit with a Graduate Certificate in Child Health after completing the first 4 subjects.

Subject 1 - 4

  • Students will be able to:
  • assess common conditions in infancy
  • arrange appropriate investigations and timely referrals
  • manage common newborn and infant disorders
  • advocate for improved health outcomes and communicate effectively with new parents
  • Students will be able to:
  • engage with children and assess common child developmental and behavioural issues
  • use an evidenced based approach to investigations in children with suspected development disabilities
  • develop and communicate a multi-disciplinary management plan for children with behaviour and developmental concerns
  • advocate for early intervention to improve health outcomes for children and families
  • Students will be able to:
  • assess common adolescent and mental health issues
  • arrange appropriate investigations to assist with diagnosis and minimise distress to adolescents
  • formulate differential diagnoses for common adolescent conditions and develop age-appropriate management strategies based on variety of evidence and sources
  • advocate and promote access to appropriate healthcare to improve health outcomes adolescents and at-risk populations
  • Students will be able to:
  • recognise and assess common emergency presentations utilising primary and secondary resources to support
  • facilitate timely and appropriate investigations in an emergency setting
  • initiate emergency management prior to escalation of care
  • advocate for appropriate access to services for children at-risk based on Australian and international requirements for ethical conduct and professional standards

Subject 5 - 8

  • Students will be able to:
  • examine common cardiorespiratory, ENT and allergy related presentations in children
  • implement appropriate investigations to support diagnosis while minimising unnecessary cost and distress to the patient
  • design and implement age-appropriate management strategies for common respiratory and ENT conditions
  • communicate effective management and prevention strategies with parents and children to maximise health outcomes
  • Students will be able to:
  • detect, evaluate, and assess common gastroenterological and urological presentations
  • use an evidence-based approach to investigation to support diagnosis
  • devise management strategies for common gastroenterological and urological conditions to maximise health outcomes
  • promote health awareness on common issues such as bedwetting and urinary tract infections in children based on Australian and international requirements for ethical conduct and professional standards
  • Students will be able to:
  • assess and diagnose common paediatric infections
  • use investigations aligned with ethical and professional standards to support the diagnosis of common childhood infections and autoimmune conditions
  • devise evidence-based management strategies
  • communicate effective management with parents and families and advocate for improved health outcomes at population level
  • Students will be able to:
  • assess common neurological, musculoskeletal and surgical presentations in children and young adults based on evidence-based approach
  • arrange appropriate neurological investigations to assist with diagnosis minimising cost to the patient and the system
  • formulate and communicate evidence-based management plans to maximise clinical outcomes in neurological and surgical conditions
  • provide long-term patient surveillance and family support for complex neurological conditions


Students enrolled in the course are required to complete the following assessment tasks:

Fee Information

The program fee for 2023 is


  • fee Fee-Help available for eligible applicants
  • Trainees Level 8 Graduate Diploma qualification
  • installments Use of GDCH postnominal

Sydney Child Health Program is a continuing professional development program in paediatrics from the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.