Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing at RMIT

You will learn advanced mental health nursing skills and knowledge based on evidence. You will also be able to recognize and deal with new and current issues that affect mental health nursing practice.


You will learn advanced mental health nursing skills and knowledge based on evidence. You will also be able to recognize and deal with new and current issues that affect mental health nursing practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing will give you a strong understanding of how to use diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in your clinical practice, as well as the larger professional and social context of mental health nursing.

You will learn how to do research and how to think about your own work. You will also choose a specialty area and an elective subject in either parent-infant mental health or narrative counseling.

In a work-integrated learning class, you will learn more about how to care for clients in a variety of clinical settings and use what you've learned by talking to and getting feedback from people in the field.

What will you learn:

  • Analyze the impact of political and ideological discourses on the development of Australian healthcare policies and practices

  • Think carefully about how changing technologies affect clinical practice.

  • think about where healthcare policies and practices are going in the future

  • explore the nature and effects of moral and legal accountability, responsibility, and liability in professional practice

  • talk about what human rights and social justice are and what they mean in the healthcare field.

  • examine in depth the most important ethical and legal issues that affect professional healthcare practice in hospitals and the community.

  • Describe the models of health education and the principles of adult learning and health promotion in detail.

Entry requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from Australia or a degree that is the same OR

  • a bachelor's degree in psychiatric or mental health nursing from Australia or something similar.

  • You must be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, or be able to become one.

  • 840 hours of supervised clinical practice in the field of mental health nursing, OR you are doing this as part of a graduate year program in mental health nursing or supervised practice during the candidature.

  • For this program, you must be able to speak English well enough to meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

Best Learning:

RMIT University is one of the best places to learn about nursing and do research. We are one of the oldest and longest-running schools for nursing in Australia.

For more than 40 years, we have worked closely with the industry and helped our graduates find jobs. The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is taught by mental health nurses with a lot of experience and strong ties to the industry.

Professionally recognised:

This diploma is a basic requirement for getting a license from the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, which will let you work as a recognized Mental Health Nurse.

After you graduate, you'll be able to get a Graduate Diploma Allowance from the Victorian Public Mental Health Nurses Award and look for jobs that require this qualification for promotion.

Career Opportunities:

Nursing, which includes mental health nursing, is a big field with opportunities in a lot of different places and groups. The largest group of professionals in mental health settings is made up of mental health nurses.

The Australian government says that employment rates have been going up steadily over the past ten years and are likely to keep going up for a while. From now until 2030, the mental health nursing field is expected to have a big shortage of workers.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says that mental health services in Australia cost about $8.5 billion each year.

You could work in both big cities and small towns for public and private companies, or you could go on to help make policy and do research on mental health.

Job Outlook says that between 2014 and 2024, the number of jobs for registered nurses will grow by 11.7%. Job Outlook also says that the average annual salary for a mental health nurse in Australia is between $90,000 and $100,000, and for a nurse manager, it's between $120,000 and $140,000. 

If you have a postgraduate degree in mental health nursing, your employer may give you a certificate allowance in some places.

Tuition Fee and Scholarships

Tuition fee

  • Full-fee places: AU$24,960

$24,960 Full-fee
  • Level
  • Delivery
    On Campus
  • Duration
    1 year
  • Application Fee
  • Intake
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