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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

TMHLT1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our 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 advanced standing

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

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.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

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.

Course structure



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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific 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
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.

 80cpTotal 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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA521 Mental Health Law and EthicsCOHEA522 Advanced Mental Health PracticeCO
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic Relationships COHEA523 Pharmacology for Mental Health ProfessionalsCO
HEA542 Informing Practice with EvidenceCOSpecialist Elective 2SE
Specialist Elective 1SESpecialist Elective 3SE

 

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 UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HEA522 Advanced Mental Health PracticeCO
  HEA523 Pharmacology for Mental Health ProfessionalsCO
  Specialist Elective 1SE
  Specialist Elective 2SE
Year 2
HEA521 Mental Health Law and EthicsCO  
HEA524 Negotiating Therapeutic RelationshipsCO  
HEA542 Informing Practice with EvidenceCO  
Specialist Elective 3SE  

Entry requirements

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 entry pathway

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 ModuleA 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 ProficiencyA 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 moduleA 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.

 

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.

Nikki

CDU student

Nikki Govan

Course details

Accreditation

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

Australian qualification framework

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

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Diploma of Mental Health
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Nursing and Midwifery

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.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

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

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GD530
872062
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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