Degree details

The Master of Mental Health Nursing aims to expand nursing clinicians’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling immediate application/translation in the workplace. 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 Nursing and Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in research, specialist clinical skills and knowledge as well as clinical leadership.

  • 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.

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
  • Clinician
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse
  • Service manager
  • Team leader
  • Triage manager

Professional recognition

This course is accredited under the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education. It meets the requirements of a postgraduate qualification for employment beyond entry level in mental health settings and for credentialing as a mental health nurse.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must :

  1. have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or higher);
    OR
  2. have completed the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent; AND

Work and Life

Applicants are required to be employed in a mental health service and need to provide written confirmation from their employer that they are employed in a mental health service.

English Proficiency Requirements

Academic IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with minimum scores of 6.0 in all tests).

Award Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Mental Health Nursing, a student must complete 120 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings comprising:

  1. For Project Stream:
    1. 40 cp from Mental Health Nursing Units;
    2. 60 cp from Project Stream Units
    3. 20 cp from Elective Units.
    4. OR
  2. For Research Stream:
    1. 40 cp from Mental Health Nursing Units;
    2. 80 cp from Research Stream Units.

Exit Points

  • Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing 80 cp

Duration: 1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

  • Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing 40 cp

Duration: 1 year part-time