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Mental health courses

Study mental health to support the one in five Australians who need your help

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Introduction to Mental health

Demand for mental health services is at an all-time high in Australia. The industry is crying out for more specialists who can make a difference—specialists like nurses, counsellors, advocates and policy makers.

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.

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Emma studied psychology with Swinburne University through Open Universities Australia

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Mental health study FAQs

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’re yet to start your career, then we recommend exploring an undergraduate counselling or psychology course, where you can build your foundational knowledge.

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

Student stories and study advice

5 mental health short courses to pivot into counselling

A short course can be a great way to upskill and become more competitive for a position as a counsellor. Learn more about what courses can help get you job-ready. 

Counsellor vs psychologist: Which career is right for you?

Are you fascinated by the inner workings of the human mind? Do you want to help people understand their emotions and behaviour? Find out if you’re made for a career in counselling or psychology.  

5 health degrees you haven't considered

Healthcare is a diverse field, with a range of jobs and specialisations to cater to almost any interest. If you’re unsure where to begin, check out these courses on offer with leading Australian unis.

Focus on the importance of mental health: Check out these 5 masters degrees

Mental health is becoming increasingly more important, especially since the start of the pandemic. Want to make a difference? Check out these 5 Masters Degrees in Mental Health.

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We’re not restricted by a traditional academic calendar, so you can enrol when it suits your life. You also have total control over how you study. You can scale up (or down) your study load and even pause your course if you need to.

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As a not for profit, we have your best interests at heart. Our advisors are here 7 days a week to guide and support you. It’s our priority to get you qualified with the university of your choice.

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