What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice is designed to extend your nursing knowledge and develop depth and complexity in your understanding of mental health.

Created in response to the growing need for specialist nurses with excellence in mental health, this entirely online course is based on the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for current AHPRA Registered Nurses looking to specialise in mental health nursing. The Department of Nursing at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences has prioritised the development of a mental health nursing curriculum to support workforce demands and lead postgraduate mental health nursing.

Course aims

This course gives students the opportunity to focus on specialties in aged mental health, first episode psychosis, child or youth mental health, or acute/adult mental health nursing. It is relevant to current practice and prepares you for a fulfilling career as a specialist mental health nurse.

What you will learn

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice provides an opportunity for nurses to develop proficient specialty practice.

You will learn to appreciate from a consumer perspective how to apply theoretical, critical and practical knowledge and understand the implications of providing care. This course will enable you to employ specialist nursing knowledge and skills to conduct comprehensive mental health assessment and develop meaningful formulations.

You will be able to exercise enhanced clinical judgment and decision-making and insight into specialist mental health nursing in pursuit of optimal outcomes for the person and family. You will apply scientific judgement and contemporary evidence from a range of sources (consumer reported, clinician-observed and research driven) to underpin the use of therapies, management of medication regimes and application of frameworks which inform mental health nursing practice.

Degree Structure

To gain the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice you must complete 100 points comprised of:

  • Six 12.5 credit point core subjects
  • Two 6.25 credit point core subjects
  • One elective subject.

Career outcomes

Students of this course will benefit from the strong links with health services held by the Department of Nursing at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences. The school is committed to preparing specialist mental health nurses who play an important role in providing care for consumers and their families.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Study options

Online/Distance (1 year full time / 2 years part time)

Tuition fees
A$22,560.00 (12,07,709) per year
Application deadline

Expected August 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Graduate coursework programs normally require the satisfactory completion of an undergraduate degree with a major in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent, and appropriate prerequisite studies for your stream. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English (Academic) - 58 + no other communicative skill below 50; Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - 176 + no less than 185 in Writing and 169 in each other skill.

For international students

Students wanting to be considered for the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice are required to have:

A Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent training)
Current unrestricted registration with AHPRA
Current employment and clinical support in a mental health specialty area.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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