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CL24 - Master of Mental Health Nursing

Overview

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 and research 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 will allow you to apply your learning to your own clinical practice. You will also learn research skills and have an opportunity to research an area of mental health nursing 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

The Master of Mental Health Nursing provides Registered Nurses with a mental health nursing specific high level post-graduate qualification. This qualification has the potential to create many exciting and rewarding opportunities for graduates including increased financial remuneration from some employers. Graduates will attain competency and confidence to be able to undertake the many nurse mental health nursing leadership positions available within the health care industry; Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Consultant and Nurse Unit Manager roles. This qualification will also provide registered nurses with the competitive edge in order to apply for promotion.The research component of the course will allow graduates to move into research roles and even lead applied clinical research.

Course Details
Duration 1.5 years full-time or 3 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
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) MMHN
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Distance
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International Availability

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Students must hold current registration as a nurse with 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

NA

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards CB60 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing CC69 - Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing
Professional Accreditation

Provisional Accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 12
2018 7
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply mental health 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
  • 10. Apply research skills to undertake a research project addressing an issue in mental health nursing practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
More Details

The CL24 Master of Mental Health Nursing course has three levels. It is advisable to complete all units in the lower level before moving onto units in the next level.

 

Level 1 units are: NURS20150, NURS20151, NURS20158, and NURS20157

Level 2 units are: NURS20152, NURS20153, NURS20149 and NURS20154 OR NURS20178

Level 3 units are: NURS20167, NURS20168, NURS20173 and NURS20174

 

A recommended study schedule for this course can be obtained from the following website - https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/new-students/planners-and-profiles/first-year-planners or by contacting your Course Advisor at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/