Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is aimed at allied health professionals who work with clients experiencing mental health issues, but who have no formal postgraduate mental health qualification. It aims to expand allied health clinicians' knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and skills practice enabling application/translation recovery oriented socially inclusive and reflective practice in the clinical setting.Graduates of the program should be able to:evaluate issues and challenges that confront mental health service delivery, clinical practiceconceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical practice to support service delivery in culturally diverse health care contextsconnect theory, practice and research with regard to mental health practiceunderstand and use innovative solutions in contemporary health carecontribute to values based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.
40 credit points. Students are required to be employed in a mental health service for a minimum of one semester during enrolment in order to undertake the unit HLSC651 Holistic Individual Centred Mental Health Practice.
- Mental health
Standard entry requirements
- To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:have completed a Bachelor degree in a Health discipline
- AND provide written confirmation from their employer that their workplace duties bring them into regular contact with people who have mental health problems.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.
This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings.
Graduates may be eligible to progress to Graduate Diplomas such as the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and, through them and/or with relevant work experience, to Master's degree programs such as the Master of Mental Health or other postgraduate programs at ACU.
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Graduates will be able to apply their theoretical and practical learning in a range of mental health settings. Examples include: Public and private health care organisations; Child and adolescent, adult and older person mental health services; Acute, community, rehabilitation and long term care focused settings; Local, State and Commonwealth Government policy Consumer and carer groups; Mental health based research. Examples of employment roles include: Clinician Case manager/worker; Team leader; Service manager; Triage manager; Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse; Nurse practitioner