Master of Mental Health
Get ready to offer leadership and mental health support.
Expand your skills and build your leadership. Engage in study through evidence-based learning and practice. Conceptualise new and creative approaches to mental health practice. Support service delivery in culturally diverse contexts.
Established in 1991 after amalgamating four eastern Australian Catholic tertiary institutes, Australian Catholic University now has seven campuses, from Brisbane to Melbourne and welcomes students of all beliefs. Specialising in arts, business, education, health sciences, law, theology and philosophy, ACU encourages its students to think critically and ethically and bring change to their communities and offer this online through Open Universities Australia.
Graduates of the degree should be able to:
- evaluate issues and challenges confronting mental health practice
- conceptualise new and creative approaches to clinical practice to support service delivery in culturally diverse health care contexts
- connect theory, practice and research with regard to mental health practice
- understand and use innovative solutions in contemporary health care
- contribute to values based professional practice in dynamic and challenging environments.
The first 40 credit points of the course consist of subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health; the second 40 credit points of this course are derived from the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health and the final 40 credit points consist of either project or research stream subjects.
Graduates will be able to apply their theoretical and practical learning in a range of mental health settings.
Examples of potential employment settings include:
- Public and private health care organisations
- Child and adolescent, adult and older person mental health services
- Acute, community, rehabilitation and long term care focused settings
- Local, State and Commonwealth Government policy
- Consumer and carer groups
- Mental health based research
Examples of potential employment roles include:
- Case manager/worker
- Team leader
- Service manager
- Triage manager
- Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse
- Nurse practitioner
This course meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must:
- have completed a bachelor degree in a health discipline; OR
- have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health or equivalent
Work and Life
Students need to provide written confirmation from their employer that their workplace duties bring them into regular contact with people who have mental health problems.
English Proficiency Requirements
Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in all tests).
Applicants need to provide written confirmation from their employer that their workplace duties bring them into regular contact with people who have mental health problems.
The Master of Mental Health aims to expand allied health clinicians’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice and leadership through evidence-based knowledge and practice. Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course. As such, they may complete either a project and two elective subjects, or complete a research dissertation in their final semester.
Both streams consolidate learning from the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health in research, specialist clinical skills and knowledge as well as clinical leadership.
To qualify for the Master of Mental Health, a student must complete the 120 cp from the schedule of subject offerings comprising:
For Project Stream:
- 40 cp of Mental Health subjects
- 60 cp from Project Stream subjects
- 20 cp of elective subjects
For Research Stream:
- 40 cp from Mental Health subjects
- 80 cp from Research Stream subjects