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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health

Not available to international students.
Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GD530
872062
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
No
International online
No
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
Yes
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code

TMHLT1

Award
Graduate Diploma of Mental Health
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health
Nursing and Midwifery

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health is designed for health professionals who hold an undergraduate degree, and are seeking to extend their knowledge and develop their foundational research skills.

The course addresses:

  • care delivery processes
  • critical reflection on mental health practice
  • the effects of policy and politics on health care provision, access and individual agency.

Cultural safety principles underpin the course design and reinforce the ways in which quality and safety are central to health care.

It is expected that you will already be employed or have recent experience within the health sector. As part of this course, you will undertake assessments which have direct applications to your professional practice and context.

Credit transfers and pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: student.central@cdu.edu.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification in health or allied health studies.
It is expected that all applicants for this course have post-degree work experience with mental health in their relevant industry field in their application.

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1) are eligible for entry. It is expected that all applicants have post-degree work experience with mental health in their relevant industry field included in their application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

Course structure

This course consists of core units building on the foundation of specialist knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice, cultural safety and research appraisal. The course addresses care delivery processes, critical reflection on mental health practice and the effects of policy and politics on health care provision, access and individual agency. Principles inherent in in a cultural safety framework focusing on safety and competence are key elements underpinning the course design to highlight the centrality of quality and safety in health care.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HEA521 Mental Health Law and Ethics
HEA522 Advanced Mental Health Practice
HEA523 Pharmacology for Mental Health Professionals
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Relationships
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence

Specialist Electives
(3 units)
30cp

Specialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
HEA531 Mental Health Care for Young People (available from 2022)
HEA532 Mental Health Care and Trauma
HEA533 Mental Health Care during the Perinatal Time (available from 2022)
HEA534 Mental Health Care and Substance Misuse
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context

MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues (no longer included in this course from S2 2021)

Other related postgraduate units approved by the course coordinator.

Electives
(0 units)
0cp

There are no elective units available in this course.

  80cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Diploma AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA521 Mental Health Law and Ethics CO HEA522 Advanced Mental Health Practice CO
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Relationships  CO HEA523 Pharmacology for Mental Health Professionals CO
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence CO Specialist Elective 2 SE
Specialist Elective 1 SE Specialist Elective 3 SE

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

When designing an individual study plan:
♦    maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
♦    check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the subject area.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HEA522 Advanced Mental Health Practice CO
    HEA523 Pharmacology for Mental Health Professionals CO
    Specialist Elective 1 SE
    Specialist Elective 2 SE
Year 2
HEA521 Mental Health Law and Ethics CO    
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Relationships CO    
HEA542 Informing Practice with Evidence CO    
Specialist Elective 3 SE    

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS

 

SATAC

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW

 

UAC

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.

 

The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.

 

Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

There is no application fee when you apply online.

Find a CDU agent partner

Applicants may seek further information about international education in Australia from theAustralian Government Department of Education and Training or from our overseas / external representatives.

 

To help with the process, we've compile a list of authorised representatives.

Not sure if you are a domestic or international student?

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To help you out, we've put together a guide to answer any questions you might have.

 

Things like the difference between domestic and international students or the difference between course types like VET and undergraduate.

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