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What will I learn?

By completing Southern Cross University’s online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health course, you gain expert knowledge in mental health and psychiatry, while building the skills needed to confidently respond to patients experiencing mild, moderate and severe mental health challenges.

Developed with the latest industry standards in mind, this program prepares you to work within a range of health settings and disciplines. You will access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based knowledge and learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics from the internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences.

Learning outcomes

Holistic mental health treatment

Gain the skills to be well-rounded mental health professional with the ability to work in a variety of mental health roles.

Contemporary mental health focus

Learn from clinically active academics and gain a contemporary understanding of emerging trends in mental health care.

Develop an evidence-based practice

Develop skills through evidence-based theories and knowledge that can be applied immediately in practice or hospital setting.

What you will study

The units that form part of the online postgraduate courses in mental health have been designed to develop the skills required to effectively respond to challenges across a diverse range of mental health fields. You will learn to enhance your own practice, with the most up-to-date and clinically relevant knowledge embedded throughout the coursework. To gain your Graduate Diploma of Mental Health, you will study 8 core units listed below.


Contemporary Mental Health
Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Private Settings
Acute Mental Health
Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
Appraising Evidence
Physical Healthcare in Mental Health

Pathway to Masters

The units completed from the Graduate Diploma offer as a pathway into the Master of Mental Health.

Study options

Online/Distance (16 months)

Tuition fees
Total cost: AUD $20,000; Cost per unit: AUD $2,500
Start date

July 2022, September 2022, November 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to have a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree. Students without a degree but with substantial relevant work experience may be admitted to a Graduate Diploma or Masters. Be proficient in English.

For international students

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a minimum three (3) year Bachelor qualification, or equivalent, in health, psychology or social science-related discipline, and;
  • Be proficient in English.

If you are a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.