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CC69 - Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing


Course Overview

Mental health is a significant health issue and recognised as a national health priority area by the Australian Government. The provision of safe, person-centred, recovery-oriented mental health care is a major underpinning of this course. This course prepares you to be able to practice within the specialist field of mental health nursing. It will equip you with the skills and knowledge 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 discourses of mental health. Particular attention will be given to exploring a range of therapeutic interventions which you can utilise to enhance your practice. The use of a portfolio throughout the course will allow you to apply your learning to your own clinical practice. In order to meet the learning  outcomes of this course,  it is required that you will be working in an area where mental health nursing skills are employed. 

Career Information

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.

Course Details
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 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 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
Course Fees
  • Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee - $15,132.00

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?

Domestic Availability

Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2021


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2020


Overseas Availabilities

Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2022


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2021


Hyperflexible Annual Term - 2020

Sorry, no overseas availabilities found.
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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements

Students must hold current nursing registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). Students must be currently employed in a setting which requires the use of mental health nursing skills. 

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge


Fees and Charges
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  • Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee - $15,132.00
Higher Education
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CB60 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing
Professional Accreditation

Nil required

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 76
2020 54
2019 31
2018 37
2017 45
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply mental health nursing knowledge and skills in the clinical setting to support people affected by mental health issues
  • 2. Analyse historical, traditional and contemporary mental health discourses
  • 3. Demonstrate communication and therapeutic skills that build and support a consumer’s recovery journey
  • 4. Devise strategies to implement the principles of recovery-oriented mental health nursing practice
  • 5. Devise ways to remove barriers to ensure culturally safe and inclusive mental health care with particular reference to Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people
  • 6. Analyse the multiple contexts that may contribute towards the experience of mental health issues
  • 7. Evaluate mental health promotion strategies that build resilience and prevent or reduce the impact of mental health issues
  • 8. Identity obstacles to social inclusion for those with mental health issues and devise strategies to reduce these
  • 9. Reflect on one’s mental health nursing practice to identify barriers and facilitators.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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
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