Graduate Diploma in Mental Health NursingProgram details
This program prepares you for specialty mental health nursing practice.
You'll study individual and group counselling, mental health treatment, contemporary mental health issues and research.
You will develop advanced, evidence-based mental health nursing knowledge and skills and be able to identify and address contemporary and emerging issues influencing mental health nursing practice.
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing will give you a strong understanding of how to apply diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in your clinical practice, as well the broader professional and social context of mental health nursing.
You will develop research skills and the ability to be reflective of your practice. You will also choose an area of specialisation with an elective subject in either narrative counselling or parent-infant mental health.
A work-integrated learning course will further develop and apply your skills caring for clients in a variety of clinical settings with interaction and feedback from industry.
The program will enable you to:
- critically analyse the impact of ideological and political discourses on the development of Australian healthcare policies and practices
- critically analyse the impact of changing technologies on clinical practice
- conceptualise future directions in healthcare policies and practices
- explore the nature and implications of moral and legal accountability, responsibility and liability in professional practice
- discuss the nature and implications of human rights and social justice considerations in healthcare domains
- examine critically key ethical and legal issues relevant to professional healthcare practice in institutional and community-based settings
- critically describe the models of health education, and the principles of adult learning and health promotion
- analyse the concept of multiculturalism as applied to Australia with particular reference to the health care system
- examine critically different approaches to health care research
How you will learn
Core courses (complete all seven)
- Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Partnerships (Semester 1)
- Context of Mental Health Nursing (Semester 1)
- Therapeutic Initiatives in Mental Health (Semester 1)
- Dual Diagnosis and Community Work (Semester 1)
- Mental Health Nursing Clinical Portfolio (Semester 2)
- Assessment Analysis in Mental Health Nursing (Semester 2)
- Health Inquiry Critique (Semester 2)
Elective courses examples (choose one)
- Foundations of Narrative Counselling
- Leadership and Management
- Loss, Trauma and Grief
- Quality Improvement for Health Care Professionals
- Forensic Psychology
- Parent-Infant Mental Health
Choose a program structure
Choose a program structure
Program code: GD158
Adam Searby's interest in mental health nursing was sparked during his undergraduate studies. Since then, he's completed honours and graduate diploma and is now completing his PhD.
After a long career in mental health nursing, Martin Davey decided to extend his skills with postgraduate studies, which have exposed him to new practises and helped advance his career.