Approximately 1 in 3 Australians will experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives. The mental health and well-being of society continues to be a major national priority. The provision of quality person-centred, recovery-oriented approach to mental health care delivery is therefore, fundamental to quality health care and is a major underpinning of this course. Working collaboratively with individuals with mental health challenges and their families through constructive and innovative action provides pathways of choice and personal control for the person in responding to their unique mental health needs.
This course of study aims to prepare you to be able to practice within the specialist field of mental health nursing. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to: work from an evidence-based position to support consumers to meet their recovery goals; work with groups and communities to implement mental health promotion strategies; explore diverse ways of forming relationships with consumers and families and critically explore the traditions of mental health nursing.
On the completion of this course you will receive the award of Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.
Students who complete this course of study will be able to seek employment in the mental health field as a career pathway.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradDipMHN|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Diploma|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Students must hold hold current nursing registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA).
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditiation||
Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
No Residential School for this course.
|NURS20159 - 700 hours in mental health placement. Site to be negotiated with student|
|Year||Number of Students|
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 7||Total credit points: 42|
Students who are not employed in a mental health nursing context will be required to undertake NURS20159, Mental Health Nursing in Practice.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20150||Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice|
|NURS20151||Creating Meaningful Relationships|
|NURS20153||Recovery Into Action|
|NURS20149||Mental Health Promotion in Mental Health Nursing|
|NURS20157||Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation|
|NURS20158||Clinical Foundations for Practice|
|NURS20152||Advanced Therapeutic Interventions|
|Number of units: 1||Total credit points: 6|
Two pathways are available in the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing. Students who are employed in a mental health setting will follow Pathway 1. Students who are NOT employed in a mental health nursing setting will follow Pathway 2.
Pathway 1 consists of 7 core units and one additional unit: NURS20154 The Transformative Power of Stories in Mental Health Nursing Practice.
Pathway 2 consists of 7 core units and one additional unit: NURS20159 Mental Health Nursing Practice. This pathway MUST be undertaken by students who are not employed in a mental health nursing setting.
|Students must complete 1 from the following units:|
|NURS20159||Mental Health Nursing in Practice|
|NURS20154||The Transformative Power of Story|