Postgraduate courses in mental health

Most mental health postgraduate courses in Australia focus on either acute mental health care settings or generic mental health with an emphasis on acute inpatient treatment.

In line with workforce needs, our mental health courses focus on training healthcare professionals in recovery-orientated practice and have been developed specifically for clinicians entering mental healthcare. These courses are perfect for recent bachelor's graduates and those who work in mental health but have no formal postgraduate mental health qualifications.

About mental health nursing

Our credentialed suite of mental health nursing programs are developed specifically for nurses who wish to specialise in mental health. With knowledge and skills taught across a range of mental health settings, including acute care, community mental health, and psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services, you will develop advanced leadership skills while you gain a more comprehensive understanding of the healthcare system and use your expertise to become a change agent.

Our courses

Master of Mental Health Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing

About mental health for allied health professionals

These programs are designed to equip you, as an allied health professional, with the knowledge and skills to better understand and support the mental health challenges of your clients. You will build key skills and knowledge with a focus on recovery and trauma-informed care to respond to the needs of consumers and carers, while keeping pace with changes to policy and service delivery.

Our courses

Master of Mental Health
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Subsidised fees, online and accredited

Study our Master of Mental Health Nursing or Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing - two of Australia's few mental health nursing courses fully accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

All our mental health courses, including the graduate certificates, offer Commonwealth supported places (meaning you pay a reduced course fee). Plus, they're fully online.

Why specialise in mental health?

Make a difference

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), between 2022 and 2022, 42.9 per cent of people aged 16 - 85 years had experienced a mental disorder at some time in their life, 21.5 per cent of people had a 12-month mental disorder, with anxiety being the most common group (17.2 per cent of people aged 16 - 85 years), and 38.8 per cent of people aged 16 - 24 years had a 12-month mental disorder. The impact of mental health not only the individual but also their families and carers cannot be overestimated.

Graduate in demand

Take advantage of strong employment prospects in the field. A time series analysis of job postings between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2022 shows a 227 per cent increase in Australian job postings for registered nurses (mental health) over the past 10 years, and a 22.3 per cent increase in job advertisements between 2021 and 2022, with job postings hitting a 10-year peak of 1,765 in 2022 (Lightcast, via subscription).

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