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Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Chisholm Institute



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Build a broad skill set to work across mental health, alcohol and drug abuse support services

Chisholm’s unique Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs will give you the skills you need to provide non-clinical services to specialists such as psychiatrists, nurses and social workers.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of issues relating to alcohol and other drugs, mental health practice, community development and counselling processes. You'll also learn about the legal and ethical frameworks, working with children and youth, intervention strategies, client advocacy and working in aged care.

This program has been designed to meet the growing need for highly trained practitioners in the field. With direct input from stakeholders in areas of mental health and AOD, the degree has been developed in close consultation with practitioners, academics, professional bodies and policy makers at both state and federal government levels.

This course is ideal for anyone looking to extend their qualifications, or gain recognition for long-term experience in the sector. Experienced teachers who are experts in the sector will guide you through the degree, which includes theoretical study and practical projects.

Course structure

To complete the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs, students must attain a total of 24 credit points. Most subjects are equal to one credit point. Most full-time students choose to study four units per semester, and usually undertake two semesters each year.

Indicative workload

Weekly workload per semester for 4 subjects: 16 hours face-to-face plus 24 hours personal study time

Learning outcomes

Critically evaluate and analyse practices applied in a community services environment, with reference to their theoretical understanding

Apply a critical, inquiring and reflective approach to professional practice while working with, and for, the most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families and groups in the community.

Demonstrate knowledge of a range of mental health and recovery models, practices and techniques and have the capacity to apply them in the field.

Demonstrate case management skills and an understanding of the community mental health and alcohol and other drugs service model.

Co- ordinate multiple service provision and a tailored approach to people with complex needs.

Apply interpersonal skills to facilitate compassionate responsiveness to the needs of others and themselves.

Career pathways

  • Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs

Possible job outcome

  • refugee liaison officer
  • dual diagnosis practitioner
  • mental health worker
  • welfare coordinator
  • psychosocial rehabilitation worker



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

A$19,600.00 (11,17,151) per year

Tuition fee (GST exempt) AUD $58,800 plus AUD $260 (material and student services fees). Packaged offer deposit fee of AUD $2,000.




Berwick Campus

25 Kangan Drive,



3806, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Australian Year 12 (VCE or equivalent) or international equivalent qualification.

Telephone interview required.

IELTS (academic) – 6.0

TOEFL (internet based) - 60

PTE (academic) - 50

Cambridge Advanced CAE - 52

Occupational English Test OET - Pass

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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