Mental health courses
With the right mental health qualification, you could answer that call.
Study mental health online through Open Universities Australia, and explore rewarding opportunities in nursing, community care, education or law enforcement.
We’re here to help you compare flexible study options from across the country, and enrol with the university of your choice.
Discover online mental health courses
Discover online mental health subjects
What do you learn in a mental health course?
Online mental health courses cover a range of topics, so what you learn will depend on the qualification you choose.
If you already work in your field and you want to become a mental health specialist, you can focus on an area like:
- Counselling and mental health first aid
- Mental health nursing
- Mental health leadership
- Research and policy
- Forensic mental health
- Mental health for educators
Mental health course FAQs
The mental health courses available here are designed to upskill those who already work in clinical healthcare or community services. The Master of Mental Health Nursing, for example, is only open to registered nurses. You should choose a postgraduate mental health course if you want to learn best practices in mental health support and go after more specialised jobs.
Psychology courses focus on the science behind thinking, behavior, personality and psychological disorders. You should study an undergraduate or postgraduate psychology course if you want to become a registered psychologist—or if you want to understand how people tick. What you learn about the human mind can be applied to careers in a lot of industries, including social services, human resources, marketing and business.
If you’re here to find a mental health course, odds are you already work in a demanding practical setting. You would love to sharpen your mental health support skills, but you don’t have time to commute to campus or attend lectures in person.
Enter online study.
You should consider an online course in mental health through Open Universities Australia if you want to unlock extra flexible study methods with your university. We give you the freedom to control how many subjects you take at once, so that it’s easier to fit study around your job. You can also trial single mental health subjects before committing to a full qualification, which is a fantastic way to make sure you’ve chosen the right study path.
Students typically study this area so they can become mental health specialists or leaders in their field.
The online courses available through Open Universities Australia can help you pursue mental health career opportunities in:
- Occupational therapy
- Community services
- Correctional health
- Counselling and psychology
- Social work
- Disability support services
- Youth work
- Law enforcement
- Teaching and education
Still considering your options? Here are four areas in mental health where job opportunities are growing fast.
Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study. Chat with us to find out more.
Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.
When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.
Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.
If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.
You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.
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Why study online through Open Universities Australia?
Find the right course for you
Explore and choose from thousands of degrees, subjects and short courses from leading Australian unis.
Start studying, regardless of academic history
We offer entry without requirements through single undergraduate subjects from full degrees.
Gain credit towards your degree
Apply for credit for past study, or your work experience, and finish your studies faster.
Graduate with a degree from a leading uni
Enrol through us and graduate with exactly the same qualifications as on-campus students.
Feel supported from start to finish
Our student advisors can guide you in the right direction and help with your enrolment.