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  • CHC53315
  • 096796J

Diploma of Mental Health

At a glance

At a glance

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.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

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Course overview

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.

Growth in the industry is strong with the Australian Government expecting to see more than 50,000 job openings in the sector 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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 5 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCADV005
Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009
Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010
Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012
Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013
Implement trauma informed care
CHCPRP003
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004
Manage work health and safety
North and Far North Queensland
M00VPC160
Vocational placement
Gold Coast
M00VPC160
Vocational placement
Sunshine Coast
M00VPC160
Vocational placement
Darling Downs and South West
VPC160
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
North and Far North Queensland
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
HLTWHS006
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Gold Coast
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS004
Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
CHCCSL001
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCEDU001
Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCMHS006
Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
CHCSOH001
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Sunshine Coast
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCSOH001
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
CHCCSL001
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCEDU001
Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
Darling Downs and South West
HLTWHS006
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCPRP001
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCINM001
Meet statutory and organisation information requirements
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
CHCAOD004
Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $10,150 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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


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.

Students also need to have a relevant workplace (for example: Community Mental Health Setting or community service/Youth/Alcohol or other drug setting) either as a paid or voluntary worker that provides an opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills in the units being studied. 

Students who are not working (whether paid or voluntary) in a relevant workplace are required to source, prior to enrolment, 160 hours of Vocational Placement in a relevant organisation in order to attain this qualification. Depending on placement provider, a student may be required to apply for a "Blue Card" or a National Police Check prior to commencement of that placement.

 

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.

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the community services industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 160 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

You will need to complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card) and apply for a Blue Card (working with children check) for placement.
If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history or you are unable to obtain a Blue Card, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

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.

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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland