Mental health courses

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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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Online mental health degrees

University of Tasmania


Diploma of Counselling

Enhance wellbeing in yourself and others

Gain an introduction to a range of topics including mental health, the impact of chronic health conditions on quality of life, mental health first aid, and applied counselling skills.

100% online

2 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Griffith University

Support the mental health needs of your community

Get set for a career in mental health support. Designed for work in community settings, such as nursing, rehabilitation, police liaison, housing, or disability support. Delve into evidence-based research, and collaborate with carers.

100% online

University of Notre Dame Australia


Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Developed after extensive consultation with the mental health profession

Designed to meet the needs of mental health nurses, this course is a rigorous introduction to psychiatric theories and contemporary treatment. Study contemporary mental health, then graduate and grow your career, or continue your psychiatry studies.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Torrens University Australia


Bachelor of Community Services

Help people in communities connect and thrive

Develop tools for a career dedicated to social justice, welfare, and advocacy. You’ll work on communication, counselling, and policy theory. Build your experience and contacts through work placements. Electives include mediation and child protection.

Online & on-campus

3 years full time or part time equivalent

Online mental health subjects and short courses

University of South Australia


Introduction to Mental Health

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 18 Sep 2023

University of Tasmania

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of South Australia

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

University of Tasmania


Stress, Self-Care and Mindfulness

100% online

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

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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

4 high-growth jobs in mental health

The stigma associated with mental health issues is quickly disappearing—what a relief! But with more people seeking help, we need more specialists (future you) in the sector.

What is a mental health nurse and what do they do?

Australia desperately needs more mental health nurses to support people with mental illness. Read on to find out what this interesting nursing specialty is all about.

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.  

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