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CB59 - Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing

CQUniversity's Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing is ideal for Registered Nurses who are looking to gain a specialist qualification for roles in various health care sectors where there are people experiencing mental health issues or problems. The program will help students gain an understanding of contemporary topics and issues of relevance to mental health clinicians, including recovery, mental health in primary care, dual diagnosis, physical treatments and psycho-social and educational interventions, and aged care mental health.  Students will also be eligible to apply for credentialing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

On graduation with a Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, students will meet the academic requirements to apply to become credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing.  Students will also be educationally prepared for mental health nursing practice in a broad range of inpatient and community settings across the mental health care sector.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 2 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 6 courses/48 credit units
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Direct the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements

English (4, SA)

Must have qualifications as a Registered Nurse or a degree from a recognised higher education institution (as approved by the head of program).

Professional Accreditation not applicable
Residential School There are compulsory residential schools/workshops attached to the some courses in the program
Practicum/Work placement Students will be required to undertake a number of hours in clinical placements during the program.
Exit Awards Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing
Interim Awards Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing
Post Nominal GradDipMHN 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program will achieve a number of outcomes in the development of skills and knowledge in mental health nursing.  Graduates of this program will achieve knowledge and skills in preparation for specialist practice in the mental health nursing field. 

Specifically they will:

  • acquire the skills and knowledge required for specialisation in the mental health nursing field
  • be able to apply the knowledge obtained and illustrate this in a broad range of specific practice settings
  • question mental health nursing practice from a research and practice-based perspective
  • examine contemporary issues in mental health nursing
  • illustrate professional development activities including writing and presentation skills

Program Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing will consist of six 8 units of credit courses for a total of 48 units of credit. The program will centre on providing a solid base in mental health nursing with a strong focus on skill development. The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing program is the second of three steps (first step is the Graduate Certificate) leading to a Master of Mental Health Nursing.

Courses Offered

Program Structure
Course Code Course Name
6 compulsory courses (48 units of credit).
NURS21152 Evidence Based Practice
NURS21157 Mental Health Nursing Practice
NURS21158 Recovery Approach in Mental Health
NURS21164 Mental Health Nursing
NURS21165 Effective Interpersonal Skills in Mental Health
NURS21166 Context of Mental Health Nursing Practice

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