Mental Health Nursing Practice

Become a specialist caring for individuals experiencing disturbances in their mental health and wellbeing

Develop a level of clinical competence to deliver complex speciality nursing interventions in mental health

  • Marie Gerdtz
    Professor Marie Gerdtz
    Head of Department of Nursing

The Department of Nursing at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences has prioritised the development of mental health nursing curriculum to support workforce demands and lead postgraduate mental health nursing. We have strong links with health services and are committed to preparing nurses for specialist nursing practice. Mental Health nurses play an important role in providing care for consumers and support families in recovery.

Program overview

Mental health nurses provide care to consumers experiencing disturbances in their mental health and wellbeing. This is a rewarding specialisation that requires nurses to deliver a range of clinical interventions to assist in the recovery of a consumers psychological and emotional health and promote evidence-based individual support.

According to Sane Australia, with almost 20% of adults likely to be affected by mental illness every year, the Australian Department of Health foresees an increased demand for nurses specialising in mental health. This presents a range of career opportunities in a rapidly growing field.

Studying the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice will enhance your understanding of the bio-pyscho-social factors related to mental health and illness. It will also develop your ability to assess and work with consumers to create a mental health care plan.

Aimed at nurses with unrestricted registration with AHPRA and nurses currently employed in a mental health speciality area, this program will equip you to provide holistic nursing care and exercise enhanced clinical judgement and decision-making.

Online course options

Next term starts: 15 July 2019
Applications close:
1 July 2019

Course nameFull-time durationPart-time durationCore subjectsElective subjectTotal course fee* 
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice1 Year2 years8 (six 12.5 credit point subjects and two 6.25 credit point subjects)1


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* Commonwealth Supported Place tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government, contact our student support team for more information.
*The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments and includes an indexation of 5 percent per annum.

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  • Time commitment for subjects
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