Australian Catholic University

Master of Mental Health Nursing

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Master of Mental Health Nursing aims to expand nursing clinicians' knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling immediate application/translation in the workplace. Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course. As such, they may complete either a project and two elective subjects, or complete a research dissertation in their final semester.Both streams consolidate learning from the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in research, specialist clinical skills and knowledge as well as clinical leadership.evaluate issues and challenges confronting mental health 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.


120 credit points. Students are required to be employed in a mental health service.


  • Mental health
  • Mental health nursing

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must :have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or higher)
  • OR have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent
  • AND provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.


This course is accredited under the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. It meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings and for credentialing as a mental health nurse.

Study pathways

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

Graduates will be able to apply their theoretical and practical learning in a range of mental health settings. Examples of potential employment settings 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 potential employment roles include: Clinician; Case manager/worker; Team leader; Service manager; Triage manager; Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse; Nurse practitioner

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