Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Course information for - 2024 entry


1 year part-time

Fees (first year)*

$2220 CSP

Start dates
ACU Term 1 - Mon 29 Jan, ACU Term 3 - Mon 15 July


Our suite of Mental Health programs for allied health professionals develops graduates with knowledge and skills at a specialist and advanced level in mental health. The programs offer opportunities for health professionals who have no formal postgraduate mental health qualification, but who do work with people facing mental health issues, The programs provide a shift in focus from acute inpatient treatment to that of recovery- orientated and trauma-informed care philosophy and content.

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health addresses current mental health perspectives and practices and gives you a comprehensive understanding of illness as well as wellness. The inclusion of diversity and lifetime perspectives will ensure that you are practice ready. In the Graduate Certificate you will undertake units in recovery-oriented mental health, holistic individual centred mental health practice, health promotion and social inclusion along with a unit to develop an in-depth understanding in practitioners of their practice.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. See the course costs section below, under Fees.

Professional recognition

This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings.


Industry partnerships

ACU has existing partnerships and agreements with significant health services nationally. This includes (but not limited to) Catholic partners (e.g, St Vincent's mental health, St John of God), and other major tertiary hospitals (e.g., Royal Melbourne Hospital, Queensland Health, Local Health District NSW etc.). These partnerships are important for strengthening of the mental health workforce which is under particular stress presently.

Course details

Course structure

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Commencing ACU Term 1 (Full-time)

  • Specified Mental Health UnitsHLSC650Recovery Oriented Mental Health10 cp
  • Specified Mental Health UnitsHLSC651Holistic Individual Centred Mental Health Practice10 cp
  • Specified Mental Health UnitsHLSC652Health Promotion and Social Inclusion10 cp
  • Specified Mental Health UnitsHLSC655Reflective Practice and Clinical Supervision in Mental Health10 cp

All units are delivered in Online Unscheduled mode.

Commencing ACU Term 1 (Part-time)

All units are delivered in Online Unscheduled mode.

Graduate statement


As an ACU graduate you have personal insight founded on an understanding of who you are as a professional, a citizen and a scholar. You embrace change and growth through critical self-awareness and learning autonomy. You are empowered to seek truth and meaning, drawing on the principles of justice, equity, and the dignity of all human beings.


As an ACU graduate you value human dignity and diversity. This appreciation is founded on deep reflection, and empathy. You have experience of Indigenous Knowings and perspectives and can engage respectfully when working alongside Australia's First Peoples. You can connect with people and cultures and work with community in ways that recognise the dignity of the human person and all cultures


As an ACU graduate you utilise imagination and innovation to solve problems. You critically analyse information from a range of sources to creatively solve practical problems and use critical thinking to make decisions and advance the common good. You appreciate the role of innovation and creative thinking in developing a better future for each person and community.


As an ACU graduate you recognise your responsibility to work for social justice and a sustainable world founded on a commitment to human dignity and the common good. You lead change through respectful collaboration and effective communication of ideas to diverse peoples, groups and communities in local and global contexts. You are empowered to positively impact your profession and the community.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

a) a Bachelor degree in a Health Discipline;


b) submit a resume alongside their formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience and/or prior learning over a sustained period.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

Applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed:

a) a Bachelor degree in a Health Discipline;


b) submit a resume alongside their formal application, demonstrating suitability for study and evidence of relevant industry experience and/or prior learning over a sustained period.

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum score of 6.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy  (see English Language Proficiency).

Articulation arrangements

Applicants who have completed an ACU Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, can articulate into a Graduate Diploma of Mental Health. Applicants who have completed an ACU Graduate Diploma of Mental Health can articulate into a Master of Mental Health.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

Graduates may progress to a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health, the Master of Mental Health or other postgraduate programs at ACU.

Students who complete the research pathway are eligible to undertake PhD studies upon application.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$2220 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per year.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.


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