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Postgraduate Coursework

Graduate Diploma of Mental Health

2020

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Overview
Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GD530
872062
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Sydney
0101063
Course Duration
Full-time
1 year/s
Part-time
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Domestic
Semester 1
Semester 2
International
Semester 1
Semester 2

CDU Sydney - this course is only available to International students at CDU Sydney (domestic students should apply for external Online delivery)

Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
No
Can offers be deferred?
No
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 and Medicine

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health is designed to extend knowledge gained through your undergraduate health studies and to further develop your 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.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of Mental Health provides a sound basis for specialist clinical practice in the field of mental health and further career advancement.

Credit transfers & 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

Course fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2019 and 2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2020 is AUD $29,520.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

  • 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.

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)

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
HEA561 Health Assessment in a Bio/Psycho/Social Context
MAN509 Contemporary Management Issues

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    

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

Are you applying as an International Student?

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.

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