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Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing

  • Graduate Diploma

The online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of 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

Enhance your nursing practice

The online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of mental health challenges. Mental health is a growing issue, so this qualification will help to prepare you for a variety of roles within public and private nursing and healthcare settings.

You will learn from leading and clinically active mental health nurse academics; and access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based coursework through a responsive and interactive learning environment. Our course has accreditation under the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and upon completion, you can use your new qualification as part of the requirements to become a credentialed mental health nurse.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, all applicants must:

  • Be a Registered Nurse (Division 1) and have access to mental health nurse practice or mental health nurse practitioners during their course of study, and;
  • Be proficient in English.


If you are not a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health. 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

  • Registered Nurse
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Case Worker
  • Triage and Liasion Clinician
  • Acute Mental Health Nurse
  • Nurse Coordinator
  • Midwife
  • Health Services Manager
  • School Nurse