Health Sciences

Master of Mental Health

Postgraduate courses in Mental Health (Nursing) now accredited

  • Master of Mental Health (Nursing) *
  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing)
  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Nursing)

ACU’s Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Program is the first course to be accredited under the ACMHN National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. The Framework was officially launched on October 7th by ACMHN President Professor Wendy Cross, at the College’s 41st Annual International Conference in Brisbane. Professor Cross announced that ACU was the first University to complete the accreditation process. ACU undertook accreditation earlier this year, and the course was highly commended by the accrediting team.

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Course overview

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:

  • Clinician
  • Case manager/worker
  • Team leader
  • Service Manager
  • Triage Manager
  • 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.

The Master of Mental Health

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

or Dissertation Pathway - Qualitative Research Methods or Quantitative Research Methods

Master of Mental Health (Part-time or Full-time)
Elective Elective Independent Project For Dissertation Pathway - Research Dissertation runs for the entire final semester

* A generic Master of Mental Health course is available for other health professionals.

Contact information

National Enquiries
1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)