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Southern Cross University

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

  • Delivery: Online
  • Commitment: 15 - 20 hours/week
  • Study Level: Postgraduate
  • Duration: 8 months

100% online and developed with the latest industry standards, this course will prepare you to work within a range of health settings and disciplines. You will access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based knowledge and learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics.

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Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is for allied health and social care professionals who want to increase their specialist knowledge and employment outcomes in the field of mental health.

Developed with the latest industry standards in mind, it will prepare you to work within a range of health settings and disciplines. You will access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based knowledge and learn from leading and clinically active mental health academics from the internationally recognised Faculty of Health.

  • Gain immediately implementable skills
  • Course material is current and comprehensive
  • Become a well-rounded mental health care provider 
  • Learn from clinically experienced mental health academics 
  • Dedicated, one-on-one support
  • Flexible online learning environment
  • Affordable fees, FEE-HELP available

Key facts

Study level
Course type
Graduate Certificate
8 months (Part time)
15 - 20 hours/week
Price per unit
January, 2024
March, 2024
April, 2024
July, 2024
August, 2024
October, 2024

What you will study

The units in the online postgraduate courses in mental health have been designed to develop the skills required to effectively respond to challenges across a diverse range of mental health fields. 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 Certificate in Mental Health, you will study four core units. You can choose which units you will study from the list below.

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Physical Healthcare in Mental Health
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-government and Primary Health Settings

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the graduate certificate, all applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed a bachelor's qualification, or equivalent, in health, psychology or social science-related discipline, and;
  • Be proficient in English.

If you are a registered nurse, you could also be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing.

Recognition of prior learning

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
    Lay the foundation with skills and knowledge needed to be a well-rounded mental health professional. 
  • 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 settings. 


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

The 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.