University of Newcastle

Master of Mental Health Nursing

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00109J

This program is intended for Registered Nurses wishing to undertake a specialist qualification in Mental Health Nursing. The main focus is on clinical practice in an area of mental health service provision. In addition to providing foundational studies in mental health nursing, the program also provides opportunities to study issues and topics of particular interest such as dual diagnosis, psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions, mental health care for older people, illness management and recovery and mental health in primary care. Upon completion of this program of study, you will be able to assess health status and formulate, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with stakeholders; promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations; retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities; deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare; reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.

Designed for

Registered nurses wishing to undertake a specialist qualification in mental health nursing


80 units: 30 units of Core courses and 50 units of Directed Courses. Most courses are offered on a trimester basis with a few courses offered by semester.


  • Nursing
  • Mental health

Standard entry requirements

  • Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
  • Or a minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.


Graduates of the program are eligible to seek to be credentialed as mental health nurses under the Credentialing for Practice Program of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

Fee comments

Campuses: Online.

Fees are indicative and subject to variation. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

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