Mental Health Nursing

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time l Part-time
Location: On campus l External | Online

Courses 

Course name: Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Mental Health)
Duration (full-time equivalent):  6 months
SATAC code: 2GC125 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GC525 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: This course is not available to international students

Course name: Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1 year
SATAC code: 2GD097 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2GD597 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: This course is not available to international students

Course name: Master of Nursing (Mental Health)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 1.5 years
SATAC code: 2CM198 (Commonwealth supported place) | 2CM598 (Full fee paying place)
CRICOS code: This course is not available to international students

Overview

The Mental Health Nursing specialisation in the Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing, the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (mental Health) and the Master of Nursing (Mental Health) offers registered nurses the opportunity to study and develop skills in the specialist field of mental health nursing within a framework of acute health care.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in and Master of Mental Nursing are eligible to seek employment in mental health nursing settings.

The specialisations and courses address care delivery processes, critical reflection on mental health nursing practice and the effects of policy and politics on health care provision and access. This ensures students are prepared for mental health nursing practice and have the ability to research and critique their individual practice, its part in the provision of care and the effect of the health care system on practice.

Students are required to do professional experience placement (work experience) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement.  Details of these requirements.  

What will I study?

Refer to the course rules:

Entry requirements

 Applicants for the Mental Health specialisation of the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma must:

  1. hold a nursing degree or equivalent qualification, and
  2. be registered nurses, and
  3. have a minimum of 1 year post-registration experience
  4. provide a completed and signed 'Clinical Support' form as evidence that their employer is willing to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumerary capacity or nominate their requirement for university sourced professional experience placement. Download form here.

Applicants for the Master of Nursing must also meet the above requirements.

However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.

Additional requirements

Students:

  • must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice
  • will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Applications

Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Check SATAC.

 

 

International students
Mid year entry: This course is not available to international students
Applications: This course is not available to international students
Application closing dates: This course is not available to international students

 

Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Mental Health)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $3,128

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $9,900

This course is not available to international students
Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $6,256

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $19,800

This course is not available to international students
Master of Nursing (Mental Health)

Place type: Commonwealth supported

2016: $6,256

 

Place type: Full fee paying

2016: $19,800

This course is not available to international students

Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

If the number of applicants for Commonwealth supported places exceeds the number of places available, eligible applicants will be ranked based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). Please refer to the Postgraduate EzyGuide for fee status information.