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VTP321 Introduction to Mental Health Services

This program applies to individuals working in health and direct client care contexts. They are required to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures; including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. Workers may communicate with a diverse range of clients and colleagues, face-to-face, in writing or using digital media and work with limited responsibility under direct or indirect supervision.

This is an online course that has a workplace component. Assessment consists of both theory and practical components and are to be completed by specified due dates. All practical assessments are completed as part of the required work placement.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this short course include:
- community rehabilitation and support worker
- community support worker
- mental health rehabilitation support worker
- mental health support worker
- mental health outreach worker
- alcohol and other drug (AOD) worker

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

Students are required to undertake 80 hours of work placement in a suitable health or community services workplace, providing support for people living with mental health issues. The work placement will be arranged by CDU.

Prior to undertaking work placement, students will be required to provide evidence of the following:

Vaccinations (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella - (Chicken Pox), Influenza (Flu) - less than 12 months old, Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis - (Whooping Cough), TB Assessment)
Documentation (National Police Check, Ochre Card (working with children check))

Students are required to wear the Charles Darwin University uniform whilst on placement:
- Navy or black slacks or knee length shorts/culottes;
- Navy/dark blue CDU polo T-shirt;
- Name badge in holder with clip; and
- Closed shoes, (NOT white, NOT runners)
- Hair contained - off the face and neck
- No jewellery apart from an unadorned-non-engraved wedding ring

CDU Polo T-shirts are available from the CDU Bookshop for $35.00. The cost of uniforms is borne by the student.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

There are currently no course offerings in 2021 for this course.

Course structure

To achieve the vocational training program VTP321 - Introduction to Mental Health Services a total of three (3) unit of competency must be completed as listed below.

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.

The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 140.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
Units of Competency
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20
  Total nominal hours for the training program 140



This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).