Mental health is 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 mental health discourses. Particular attention is 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.
This course is offered flexibly allowing you to enrol, study and undertake assessment at times that suit you. Our Graduate Diploma is not bound by terms dates or submission deadlines. You will have up to 3 years to complete the course.
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 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|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must supply:
· Current registration as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA); and
· A letter of employment demonstrating current employment in a setting which requires the use of mental health nursing skills.
Letters of employment must be presented on a company letterhead and be signed and dated by a delegated authority. Please ensure that the letter contains your full name, position title, duties performed, hours per week, and length of service.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||CL56 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing|
No Residential School for this course.
|Year||Number of Students|
|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|
|Number of units: 8||Total credit points: 48|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|NURS20150||Contextual Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice|
|NURS20157||Mental Health Nursing Assessment and Formulation|
|NURS20151||Creating Meaningful Relationships|
|NURS20158||Clinical Foundations for Practice|
|NURS20153||Recovery Into Action|
|NURS20180||Mental Health Promotion|
|NURS20179||Advanced Mental Health Nursing Skills|
|NURS20178||Alcohol and Other Drugs|