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Southern Cross University (SCU)

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing

The online Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will build your understanding of how to effectively respond to people experiencing a range of mental health challenges. Mental health is a growing issue, so this qualification will help to prepare you for a variety of roles within public and private nursing and healthcare settings.

You will learn from leading and clinically active mental health nurse academics; and access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based coursework through a responsive and interactive learning environment. Our course has accreditation under the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) and upon completion, you can use your new qualification as part of the requirements to become a credentialed mental health nurse. 

  • Gain immediately implementable skills 
  • Online study seamlessly fits into shiftwork
  • Dedicated one-on-one support

The units that form part of the online mental health post-grad courses have been designed to develop the skills required for nurses to effectively respond to challenges within the field of mental health. You will learn to enhance your own practice, with the most up-to-date and clinically relevant knowledge embedded throughout the coursework. To gain your Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, you will need to complete all core units.

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Leading Evidence-based Practice in Health
  • Building a Professional Portfolio
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Primary Health Settings

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, all applicants must:

  • A Bachelor degree or equivalent in a health, psychology or social science related discipline, and;
  • Be a Registered Nurse (Division 1) and have access to mental health nurse practice or mental health nurse practitioners during their course of study, and;
  • Be proficient in English.

If you are not a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health.

SCU may recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

  • Holistic mental health treatment
    Gain the skills to be well-rounded mental health professional with the ability to work in a variety of mental health roles.
  • Contemporary mental health focus
    Learn from clinically active academics and gain a contemporary understanding of emerging trends in mental health care. 
  • Develop an evidence-based practice
    Develop skills through evidence-based theories and knowledge that can be applied immediately in practice or hospital setting. 

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 16 months (part-time)
  • $2,580 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 8 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov