Current mental health postgraduate programs in Australia focus on either the Acute Mental Health Care setting or are generic courses. ACU’s Master of Mental Health (Nursing) # has been developed as a course specifically for clinicians entering into the specialist area of Mental Health and aims to develop in graduates knowledge and skills at a specialist and advanced level. The primary aim of the course is to provide these clinicians with appropriate knowledge and skills to work across a range of mental health settings including acute care, community mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services.
In the current period of mental health service provision reform, there has been a shift in focus from acute inpatient treatment to that of recovery-oriented practice. With this change in focus comes recognition that the workforce requires professional development opportunities to keep pace with such change. The Master of Mental Health (and embedded Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate) provides opportunities for the workforce, particularly those engaged in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery focused services, to build the required knowledge, skills and competencies. This will better equip them to respond to the needs of consumers.
The course is ideal for new graduates of nursing and for those working in mental health but who have no formal postgraduate mental health qualifications. As a postgraduate qualification is a requirement for employment beyond entry level in the mental health setting and for credentialing as a Mental Health Nurse, nurses undertaking their graduate year are encouraged to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health.
Examples of potential employment roles include:
Psychiatric Consultation and Liaison Nurse
The course structure involves carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, delivering evidence-based knowledge and practice for immediate application/translation in the workplace. It offers a coursework or thesis pathway.
Master of Mental Health (Nursing) # (Full-time Program Map)
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Avail Part-time only)
Recovery Orientated Mental Health
Holistic Individual Centred Mental Health - Practice
Balancing Risk in Recovery
Reflective Practice and Clinical Supervision in Mental Health
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Part-time or Full-time)
Health Promotion and Social Inclusion
Leadership in Health Care
Interpreting Health Research
Elective or Dissertation Pathway - Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods
Master of Mental Health (Part-time or Full-time)
For Dissertation Pathway - Research Dissertation runs for the entire final semester
* A generic Master of Mental Health course is available for other health professionals.