Graduate Diploma of Mental Health - Nursing

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program aims to expand nursing clinicians' knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling application/translation in the workplace. Graduates of the program should be able to: evaluate issues and challenges confronting mental health practice; conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical practice to support service delivery in culturally diverse health care contexts; connect theory, practice and research with regard to mental health practice; understand and use innovative solutions in contemporary health care; contribute to values based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments. This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings and for credentialing as a mental health nurse.

Course Fee:

Australian: $19,252

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Nursing degree (or higher); or the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (Nursing) or equivalent; and provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health service


80 Credit Points.

Subjects you can Study:

Nursing-mental health

Study Pathways:

Graduates may progress to a Master of Mental Health Nursing or other postgraduate programs within ACU.

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: Acute, community, rehabilitation and long-term care focused settings; Child and adolescent, adult and older person mental health services; Local, State and Commonwealth Government Policy consumer and carer groups; Public and private health care organisations; and mental health based research. Examples of potential roles include: Clinician Case manager/worker; Team leader; Service manager; Triage manager; Nurse practitioner and Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse.


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.

Related Careers:

Nurse - Registered,
Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Sydney (MacKillop) No info No Online 1 year
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

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