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CHC53315 | 096796J

Diploma of Mental Health

Upgrade your career in the community services or health industry with this advanced-level course that will qualify you to work in mental health in a broad range of settings.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 1 year
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Full Fee
$9,820
International
$11,500
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Course overview

Specialise in mental health with this advanced-level qualification. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work with people with complex needs in both community services and healthcare settings.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as welfare support workers is expected to grow strongly in the coming years. There's likely to be around 30,000 job openings in this occupational area over the next five years. 

This course will equip you to work with a diverse range of clients, run early intervention and health promotion programs, and research and apply evidence to your practice. You will also develop the skills required to advocate on behalf of people with complex coexisting mental health, drug, and alcohol issues. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to succeed in the industry.

Successful completion of this course will give you the essential skills you need to work as a mental health or alcohol and other drugs worker.

What can I do?

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker

Course outcome:

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake a minimum 160 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCADV005
    Provide systems advocacy services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCADV005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide systems advocacy services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV002
    Unit description :

    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS002
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote the principles of recovery oriented practice, and to establish and confirm self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish self-directed recovery relationships

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS003
    Provide recovery oriented mental health services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide recovery oriented mental health services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS004
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS005
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS009
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS009
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and conduct early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs focussing on mental health and wellbeing.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS010
    Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS010
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to issues of complexity when supporting people living with mental illness and their care networks. The unit is based on a strengths-based approach and acknowledges that complexity is not a characteristic of an individual. Complexity may be impacted by a range of interactions between the worker, the organisation and the environmental context.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS011
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS011
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS012
    Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS012
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support a person living with mental illness to develop recovery wellness plans and advanced directives. These plans outline the person's preferences and plans to maintain wellness and to direct actions and support strategies should they become unwell.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS013
    Implement trauma informed care
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS013
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote trauma informed care, and to develop strategies to address people's specific trauma needs. Trauma informed care involves providing services that are informed by the knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma, in particular interpersonal violence and varying service practice to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatisation.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Implement trauma informed care

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPOL003
    Research and apply evidence to practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPOL003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Research and apply evidence to practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPRP003
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPRP003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS004
    Manage work health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Manage work health and safety

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 5 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Monday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time: Plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • International: $11,500
Southport
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • International: $11,500
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time up to 5 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Monday, Thursday
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Mooloolaba
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time: Plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • Full fee: $9,820
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Southport
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • International: $11,500
Southport
10 Jul 2023
1 year
Full time - face to face classes, workshops, tutorials, practical skills assessments plus 160 hours of Vocational Placement
Mixed mode
  • International: $11,500

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Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $16,221 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Domestic students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic students:

Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the course content (mental health, addictions, crisis help etc), it is highly recommended that students are aged 17 or older by the course commencement date. Students will also need to be self-motivated and have sound English skills.

International students
The following selection criteria requirements apply only to International students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 6.0 (no individual band less than 6.0) or ISLPR 3 on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International.
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Placement

You will need to complete a minimum of 160 hours of Vocational Placement in an approved workplace as part of this qualification. 

Prior to placement you will need to receive and provide evidence of the following checks:

  • You must complete your online NDIS Worker Screening Clearance application and nominate TAFE Queensland as you’re your employer).  There is no cost to students and TAFE Queensland can verify you as a student.
  • You must also complete the NDIS Worker Orientation Online Modules (4 modules/approximately 90 minutes). Upon completion, you will need to provide your Certificate of Completion to both TAFE Queensland and your placement provider.
  • Additionally, if you work with children on placement, you will also need a Blue Card Working with Children Check (Blue Card in Queensland).

You can apply for both the NDIS Worker Screening Clearance and Blue Card by completing a combined application via the NDIS Worker Screening portal noted above NDIS Worker Screening Unit (WSU).

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services.

Depending on where your placement is conducted, further checks may be required and your Vocational Placement Coordinator or Teacher can discuss this with you on an individual basis.

Need to know

For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider. 

This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:

  • Your vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.

Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.

If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.

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International important information

Please note this program is comprised of units which include topics covering sensitive material and discussion (eg. mental health, substance misuse, trauma including family violence, suicide and self-harm).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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