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Explore Australian postgraduate mental health courses to find one to suit where you are coming from and where your are going. Start when you want, study at your own pace & learn from experts.

Why choose accelerated online study

We list programs from our Australian university partners that are offered in the online accelerated mode of study. This mode is specifically designed to cater for busy people, who are balancing work and life while continuing their education as they build or change their careers in health and social care roles.

Start when you want

New courses start every couple of months meaning that you can start at a time that fits in with your lifestyle.

Study at your own pace

If you want to fast track your study, you can take up to 6 units per year, or take breaks when you need.

Dedicated support

You get your own student success advisor with the sole purpose of supporting you through the course. 

Master of Mental Health
  • Contemporary curriculum designed by mental health experts
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • Award winning study model
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 12 units
Master of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Only Australian university child and adolescent mental health degree
  • Entry for educators and health and social care professionals
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 12 units
Master of Mental Health Nursing
  • Meets the ACMHN​ Credential education requirements
  • Contemporary curriculum designed by mental health experts
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Learn from clinically experienced mental health academics
  • Skills for holistic mental health treatment
  • Develop an evidence-based practice
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
  • Pathway to becoming a credentialed Mental Health Nurse
  • Course is accredited by the ACMHN
  • Learn from clinically experienced mental health academics
  • 24 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 12 units
Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Uniquely designed focus on child and adolescent mental health
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • Award winning study model
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 4 units
  • #1 in Australia for academic reputation in Nursing
  • Pathway to range of health masters courses
  • Advanced and holistic clinical practice skills
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,670 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing
  • Designed by mental health nursing experts
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • Award winning study model
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 4 units
  • Pathway to becoming a credentialled Mental Health Nurse
  • Learn from clinically experienced nursing academics
  • Enhance your nursing practice with immediately implementable skills
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units
  • Learn from clinically experienced mental health academics
  • Choose from a range of units
  • Flexible online learning environment
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 4 units
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
  • Contemporary curriculum designed by mental health experts
  • Build your mental health practice
  • Award winning study model
  • 8 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 4 units
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
  • Meets the ACMHN​ Credential education requirements
  • Student support available 7 days a week
  • Award winning study model
  • 16 months (part-time)
  • $2,600 to $2,700 per unit CSP & FEE-HELP available
  • 8 units
  • Learn from clinically experienced mental health academics
  • Skills for holistic mental health treatment
  • Flexible online learning environment
  • 16 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 8 units
  • Pathway to becoming a credentialed Mental Health Nurse
  • Course is accredited by the ACMHN
  • Learn from clinically experienced nurse academics
  • 16 months (part-time)
  • $2,500 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 8 units

Gain the qualifications you need to transform mental health care in Australia. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on mental wellbeing. In June 2021, one in five Australians reported high or very high levels of psychological distress. For those between the ages of 18 and 34, the rate is one in three – that’s a huge portion of the population who is struggling. 

As we navigate our way out of the pandemic, it’s crucial these Australians can access the support they need. As a result, mental health expertise is in high demand across a range of industries. The need is even higher outside the capital cities, where mental health experts are in short supply. 

If you want to have a transformative impact on wellbeing, now’s the time to gain the skills and knowledge to be effective in this growing field.  

Mental health care in Australia 

Mental health skills are sought after in a range of fields, and relevant to a variety of healthcare roles. In fact, mental health was one of the most requested specialised skills across all jobs in 2020. Mental health professionals are more likely to have a postgraduate qualification than the average healthcare professional. For some mental health professionals, postgraduate study is a required credential.  

Attention, funding, jobs and awareness around the need for quality, integrated mental health practice and care is increasing – fast. In 2021, around 75,000 mental-health-related job advertisements included high demand for clinical psychologists, welfare workers and registered mental health nurses. In the five years to 2020, job postings for occupational therapists also grew 127 per cent, with many postings requiring mental health training. 

JobOutlook employment data predicts strong growth in the medium-to-long term for mental health nurses, social workers, counsellors and occupational therapists. Demand is particularly high outside the big cities, where specialists such as psychiatrists, mental health nurses and psychologists are in short supply. 

Whether you want to progress your current career or you’re ready to make a change, postgraduate study in mental health can lead to careers in both the public and private sector, in hospitals, justice, inpatient facilities, education, government and more.  

 

Skills gained and learning outcomes for online mental health postgraduate studies  

Want to develop your skills without disrupting your career? Studying a postgraduate mental health qualification online means you can do it all while you work. 

Online postgraduate study in mental health equips you with the knowledge and expertise you need to make a difference in people’s lives, including the following: 

  • Holistic mental health practice: Explore the impacts of mental health on individuals, families and communities
     
  • Leadership: Learn to lead on an individual, team and organisational level. Draw on traditional and new practices to help you manage change
     
  • Interagency collaboration and partnership: Prepare to work with different agencies to support those from diverse backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the LGBTQIA+ community and refugees
     
  • Partnerships: Learn to build and maintain partnerships with government, non-government organisations (NGOs) and existing health services when providing care and implementing mental health best practice
     

Depending on the program, you’ll cover topics including: 

  • Mental health and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities
  • Recovery-focused and trauma-informed care, mental health and wellbeing, as they relate to holistic and integrated health care
  • Evidence-based approach to mental health care, interpreting and applying the research to provide better outcomes
  • In some programs, specialisations including child and adolescent mental health

 

Career outcomes for online mental health postgraduates 

With sought-after specialist mental health skills under your belt, you’ll be ready to take on a diverse range of opportunities.  

The specific career paths available to you will depend on two key things – your current qualifications and experience, and the mental health qualification you choose to pursue. With that in mind, possibilities include the following roles, all of which have strong future growth prospects: 

Mental health clinician  

  • The average salary in 2021 was $109,000/year 
  • Job postings for mental health clinicians increased by 51 per cent between 2020 and 2021  
  • Mental health clinicians are usually qualified allied health and social care professionals (such as occupational therapists, psychologists, mental health nurses and social workers) with specialist mental health skills and expertise 

Mental health nurse 

  • Salary range: $79,000–$121,000/year 
  • Mental health nurses provide care and support for patients experiencing mental illness 
  • Very strong future growth is predicted for this job area, on top of a 15 per cent increase in jobs advertised in 2021 compared to 2020 
  • Registered nurses may choose to undertake a Master of Mental Health Nursing to gain mental health credentials  

Other possible career paths include: 

  • Mental health specialist occupational therapist  
  • Mental health social worker 
  • Child protection case worker 
  • Rehabilitation consultant 
  • Support worker 
  • Mental health nurse 
  • School counsellor  

 

Benefits of studying postgraduate mental health online 

Postgraduate study in mental health prepares you to become a capable leader and practitioner. Designed to complement your existing skillset, online postgraduate study allows you to:  

  • fit study around your work and life – not the other way around 
  • secure a specialist role in an area that's growing fast 
  • build practical mental health skills you can start applying straight away 
  • advocate for those experiencing mental health issues in a decision-making context 
  • improve patient outcomes with a holistic approach to care 
  • have a lifelong impact by supporting people at their most vulnerable moments 

The healthcare industry is looking for the next generation of leaders. Are you ready to step up? 

 

Choosing the right online mental health course for you 

Studying mental health degrees online gives you future-focused skills you can apply to a range of different careers. With no requirement to attend campus, there’s no need to pause your current career. And best of all, you’ll graduate sooner than traditional part-time study allows. 

Master’s degrees allow you to build skills and knowledge across different areas of mental health – for example, holistic mental health practice, and leadership. Most have graduate certificate and graduate diploma qualifications embedded within them, so you can work toward your master’s at your own pace, acquiring new skills and career-boosting qualifications along the way.  

Choose a university that offers both specialist and generalist graduate certificates that all lead to a master’s degree, and look into the electives you can do. If life gets busy, you can always take breaks as required. 

Before you choose a grad cert, check out the grad dip or master’s degree it's embedded within. Some graduate certificates are specialist, others are generalist. 

Make sure you enrol in a master’s program that’s appropriate to your needs – reach out to the university’s student admissions advisors to help you decide what’s best for you. If you want to start with a graduate certificate with the option go on to complete a master’s, you should confirm that pathway is available.  

To make the best possible decision for you, start by reviewing the courses on offer in detail. If you need more information than what’s available online, have a chat with an enrolment advisor – they will help you understand which course is right for you. 

Compile a list of the key questions you seek to answer while deciding which course to do. This list might include (but is not limited to) the following: 

  • How do the various courses on offer differ from one another? 
  • How do the providers differ? What are their points of difference that are of value to me? 
  • Does this program give me skills and knowledge I need to progress my career in mental health?  
  • If I pick a specialisation/major, can I change my mind part-way through and study a different specialisation or take a generalist path? 
  • If I wanted to come back and study again in the future, does this degree offer me pathways? 
  • What support do the universities offer students? 
  • Are there any additional fees? 
  • Who teaches the course?