Graduate Diploma in Mental Health NursingCareer
With almost half of Australians estimated to suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives, mental health nurses perform an essential role in a wide range of hospital and community settings.
Nursing, including mental health nursing, is a large occupation with opportunities in many different locations and organisations.
According to the Australian Government, employment rates have increased steadily over the past ten years and are forecast to continue growing for the foreseeable future. A substantial workforce gap is projected for the mental health nursing sector to 2030.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that around $8.5 billion per annum is spent on mental health-related services in Australia.
You may work in across metropolitan and rural areas for public and private organisations, or go on to contribute to mental health policy and research.
Professional recognition and accreditation
The program is based on the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Credentialing Guidelines. Graduates can join the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses and cite this qualification as part of your application for credentialing. Credentialed mental health nurses can be funded for employment under the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program.
Graduates can apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which will allow you to obtain a provider number for private practice or practice in any Australian state or territory. To register you need English languages skills at IELTS academic level 7 or equivalent within the two years prior to registration.