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CL24 - Master of Mental Health Nursing


Course Overview

This course aims to prepare you at the professional level of clinical practice to apply advanced knowledge and skills in mental health nursing across a range of mental health practice settings and provides you with the opportunity to research issues relating to your practice. You will be required to explore the social and political context of contemporary mental health practice with particular attention to an exploration of the recovery model and recovery oriented strategies for mental health practice, the transformative power of stories, creating meaningful relationships and advanced therapeutic interventions.

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
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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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2019


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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2019


Term 1 - 2018

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What do I need to start?
Entry Requirements

Students must hold current registration as a nurse with Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority. It is expected that if students are not employed in a mental health setting, that they will undertake NURS20159 Mental Health Nursing in Practice, which will include 240 hours of clinical placement in a mental health nursing setting.

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


Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

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

Provisional Accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

Learned Society Accreditiation


Residential School Requirements

No Residential School for this course.

Practicum/Work Placement

NURS20159 - Students who are not working in mental health will undertake work integrated learning in a mental health nursing setting in this unit. If students are working in mental health setting, they are not required to undertake this unit.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 12
2018 7
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Engage in critical discussion about the contextual foundations of mental health practice
  • 2. Examine the place of health promotion in the prevention of mental illness in different socio-economic and cultural communities
  • 3. Appraise the importance of relationships in transforming personal experiences and working with people with mental health challenges
  • 4. Analyse the importance of the recovery model as foundational to mental health practice and consumer involvement in the provision of mental health care
  • 5. Utilise advanced knowledge and skills of mental health nursing practice
  • 6. Explore ethico-legal issues in mental health clinical practice
  • 7. Apply research skills to undertake a research project to address an issue in mental health nursing practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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
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