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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Graduation requirements

To graduate from the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health), students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (21 subjects).

Students who complete 128 points may exit with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health).

Students who complete 64 points may exit with the University Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health).

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) aims to prepare graduates who have appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to work competently as a mental health worker within their own communities and mainstream mental health services.

Designed in collaboration with a community-based Aboriginal Mental Health Steering Committee and the Greater Southern Area Health Service, this course is specifically designed for Indigenous mental health practitioners to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

This specialist course aims to prepare graduates to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their family and communities and other health professionals, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

What will I learn?

An understanding of primary healthcare, cultural safety, equity and socio-cultural aspects of care will enhance the graduates' understanding and appreciation of the clients' and their family's experience of emotional and social trauma and mental health problems.

Students may elect to exit the course following the completion of the first year of study with the University Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health), or the first two years of study with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health).

Credit and articulation

Students who have already successfully completed the previously offered stand-alone Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) or equivalent are awarded 128 points of credit into the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health).

All recognition of prior learning will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Graduates have been successfully employed at various levels within mainstream and community-based mental health services.

Course structure

Course structure

University Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health)

This course of 64 points duration, consists of 56 points (7 subjects) of core compulsory subjects and 8 points (one subject) of restricted elective subjects, as follows.

CORE SUBJECTS (56 points)

MHP101 Introduction to Mental Health
MHP102 Social and Emotional Wellbeing
MHP103 Mental Health Across the Life Span 1
MHP104 Introduction to Substance Use: Assessment and Intervention
MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health 1
MHP106 Mental Health Across the Life Span 2
MHP107 Healing Our People (Counselling 1)

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE SUBJECT (8 points), chosen from:

MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Stages of Change
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health

Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health)

This course of 128 points duration, consists of 104 points (13 subjects) of core compulsory subjects and 24 points (three subjects) of restricted elective subjects, as follows.

CORE SUBJECTS (56 points)

MHP101 Introduction to Mental Health
MHP102 Social and Emotional Wellbeing
MHP103 Mental Health Across the Life Span 1
MHP104 Introduction to Substance Use: Assessment and Intervention
MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health 1
MHP106 Mental Health Across the Life Span 2
MHP107 Healing Our People (Counselling 1)
MHP201 Assessment, Diagnosis and Management in Psychiatry (Yr long)
MHP202 Crisis Management
MHP203 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Trauma
MHP204 Healing Our People (Counselling 2)
MHP205 Primary Health Care: Mental Health 2
MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE SUBJECTS (24 points; 3 subjects), chosen from:

MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Stages of Change
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health
MHP206 Suicide Prevention
MHP207 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Interventions
MHP208 Working with Adolescents and Youth

Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

This course of 192 points duration, consists of 160 points (18 subjects) of core compulsory subjects and 32 points (four subjects) of restricted elective subjects, as follows.

CORE SUBJECTS (56 points)

MHP101 Introduction to Mental Health
MHP102 Social and Emotional Wellbeing
MHP103 Mental Health Across the Life Span 1
MHP104 Introduction to Substance Use: Assessment and Intervention
MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health 1
MHP106 Mental Health Across the Life Span 2
MHP107 Healing Our People (Counselling 1)
MHP201 Assessment, Diagnosis and Management in Psychiatry (Yr long)
MHP202 Crisis Management
MHP203 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Trauma
MHP204 Healing Our People (Counselling 2)
MHP205 Primary Health Care: Mental Health 2
MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics
MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16)
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16)
MHP303 Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MHP304 Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis)
MHP305 Working with Families

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE SUBJECTS (32 points; 4 subjects), chosen from:

MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Stages of Change
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health
MHP206 Suicide Prevention
MHP207 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Interventions
MHP208 Working with Adolescents and Youth
MHP306 Forensic Mental Health
MHP307 Advanced Drug and Alcohol
MHP308 Community Action Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence

Enrolment pattern

Full-time Distance

Session 1 (Autumn)

MHP101 Introduction to Mental Health
MHP102 Social and Emotional Wellbeing
MHP103 Mental Health Across the Life Span 1
MHP104 Introduction to Substance Use: Assessment and Intervention

Session 2 (Spring)

MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health 1 (Commenced)
MHP106 Mental Health Across the Life Span 2
MHP107 Healing Our People (Counselling 1)

Electives:

MHP108 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Assessment and Intervention
MHP109 Body, Illness and Health

Students may choose to exit at this point with the award University Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health) UniCertHlthSc(MentalHlth).

Session 3 (Autumn)

MHP201 Assessment, Diagnosis and Management in Psychiatry (Commenced)
MHP202 Crisis Management
MHP203 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Trauma
MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics

Session 4 (Spring)

MHP201 Assessment, Diagnosis and Management in Psychiatry (Completed)
MHP204 Healing Our People (Counselling 2)
MHP205 Primary Health Care: Mental Health 2

Electives:

MHP206 Suicide Prevention
MHP207 Alcohol and Other Drugs: Interventions
MHP208 Working with Adolescents and Youth

Students may choose to exit at this point with the award Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health) AssocDegHlthSc(MentalHlth).

Session 5 (Autumn)

MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16)(Commenced)
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16)(Commenced)
MHP303 Sexual Assault and Family Violence
MHP304 Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis)

Session 6 (Spring)

MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16)(Completed)
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16)(Completed)
MHP305 Working with Families

Electives (Distance Education)

MHP306 Forensic Mental Health (Youth)
MHP307 Advanced Skills in Drug and Alcohol
MHP308 Community Action Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence

Articulation

Articulation sets of the Djirruwang course includes:

  • University Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health)
  • Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

are all exit points.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1

Level

Undergraduate

Duration

3 years distance education

International?

NO

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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