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Southern Cross University (SCU)

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Graduate Diploma of Mental Health

  • Graduate Diploma

By completing Southern Cross University's online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health course, you gain expert knowledge in mental health and psychiatry, while building the skills needed to confidently respond to patients experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental health challenges.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
16 months part-time
Study Mode
Online
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, Apr, Jul, Sep, Nov
Domestic Fees
$18,720 total
International Fees
$18,720 total

About this course

Develop the skills to provide effective mental health care

By completing Southern Cross University's online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health course, you gain expert knowledge in mental health and psychiatry, while building the skills needed to confidently respond to patients experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental health challenges.

Developed with the latest industry standards in mind, this program prepares you to work within a range of health settings and disciplines. You will access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based knowledge and learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics from the internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in health, psychology or social science-related discipline, and;
  • Be proficient in English.


If you are a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing. Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.

We may recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree.

Find out more about applying for advanced standing.

Study locations

Online

What you will learn

Holistic mental health treatment

Gain the skills to be well-rounded mental health professional with the ability to work in a variety of mental health roles.

Contemporary mental health focus

Learn from clinically active academics and gain a contemporary understanding of emerging trends in mental health care.

Develop an evidence-based practice

Develop skills through evidence-based theories and knowledge that can be applied immediately in practice or hospital setting.

Career pathways

  • Social Worker
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Occupational Therapist (Mental Health Clinician)
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Government Assessor
  • Art Therapist
  • Case Manager
  • Mental Health Worker