Course overview

This course has intakes in term 1 and term 3.

Full-time duration Part-time duration Core Subjects Elective Subjects Total course fee*
1 year 2 years 8 (six 12.5 credit point subjects and two 6.25 credit point subjects) 1 A$20,832

* 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 4 per cent per annum.

This course is not available to international students unless registered under APHRA and working in an Australian accredited health care facility.

Upcoming terms

The need for specialist nurses with excellence in mental health is growing. Extend your nursing knowledge and develop a depth and complexity that enhances your mental health nursing practice in a variety of contexts.

Developed specifically for online learning, the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice has been created using the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing.

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice has been designed collaboratively and with the guidance of a strategic reference group representing consumers, carers, industry leaders and government bodies. This is the only course in Australia to feature a post-graduate subject developed and delivered by a Consumer Academic.

Course aims

This course provides students with the opportunity to focus on specialties in aged mental health, first episode psychosis, child or youth mental health, or acute/adult mental health nursing. It is relevant to current practice and prepares you for a fulfilling career as a specialist mental health nurse.

Who the course is for

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice has been developed for nurses who have:

  • A Bachelor of Nursing (or equivalent training)
  • Current unrestricted registration with AHPRA
  • Currently employed and clinical support in a mental health speciality area.

What you will learn

  • Apply specialist knowledge to understand the implications of providing care

  • Exercise enhanced clinical judgment and decision-making

  • Application of scientific judgement to inform mental health nursing practice

Who you will learn from

Your online learning experience is enriched by your interaction with lecturers and students. You can expect feedback as well as real-time sessions with your instructor and peers.

Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.

  • Cathy Daniel, Course Coordinator and expert in mental health nursing specialty.

Next: see what subjects you'll be studying

Contact student support

You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:

  • Entry requirements
  • Time commitment required for each subject
  • Fees and payment options.

Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149
Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT
Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.