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CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health

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CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health


According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare , 44% (8.6 million ) of Australians aged 16-85 experienced a mental illness at some point in their lifetime. Around 21% (4. 2 million) of Australians aged 16-85 years experienced mental disorders in the previous 12 months . Data indicates that Mental health is a major public health issues in Australia.

You can be instrumental in helping change these numbers. Become an ambassador and promote Good Mental health in society.

Enrol in the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health and you will acquire an array of skills to work with clients who suffer from Mental health issues; empower their lives with hope, resilience, and a road map to recovery. Above all, feel inspired and motivated to enhance your own life with strategies and techniques learnt in this course.

The CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health focuses on the skills required to provide person centered care for people with mental health challenges. The qualification will equip students with the following knowledge and skills:

  • Create and implement individual and community focussed health prevention and promotion programs
  • Assess and coordinate complex cases
  • Manage work health and safety in a community service setting
  • Work with diverse people including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Counsel and communicate effectively using appropriate channels
  • Advocate for people
  • Provide services for people with alcohol and other and mental health issues
  • Research and apply empirical evidence to professional practice
  • Implement trauma informed care
  • Develop and implement wellness plans and advanced directives based on client goals
  • Provide recovery oriented practice
  • Identify physical, cognitive and emotional developmental status of people

Professional experience in a mental health service setting will provide you with useful practical experience as part of your training.

Course Fees for Full Fee-Paying Students


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Course Details

CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health
Amount of Training : 1355 Hours
AQF Level :5
Course Delivery :Blended
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Organisation delivering the program :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
Organisation issuing certification :Institute of Health and Nursing Australia (RTO ID: 21985)
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Victorian Funding

“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

Smart and Skilled Funding

“This Training is subsidised by the NSW Government”

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  • Amount of Training is 1355 Hours
  • Blended delivery
  • Available to domestic students

20 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 15 core units
  • 5 electives


CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented Mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety


CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCEDU001 Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCDEV001 Confirm Client developmental status
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

Students completing this qualification can further their studies and go on to do:

Bachelor of Counselling

  • CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling
  • CHC52021 – Diploma of Community Services
  • CHC50421 – Diploma of Youth Work
  • CHC53215 – Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • BSB50420 – Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • HLT54121- Diploma of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Mental Health

With CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health in hand, you’ll be able to work professionally as a:

  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Community services worker

The total tuition cost for domestic students for the CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health

State Funding
Victoria If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $0*
Western Australia Check with us for Domestic Scholarships
New South Wales Check with us for Domestic Scholarships

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

To know more about the IHNA Fees & Charges, click here.

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Scammers have been employing sophisticated tactics to deceive individuals and steal sensitive information. It’s essential to be vigilant and cautious when dealing with online communications and transactions.

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Additionally, making payments through the IHNA website provides another secure option for transactions, ensuring that personal and financial details are handled in a safe and protected environment.

For any questions or concerns related to payments or account details, students should reach out to IHNA directly through official contact channels (accounts@ihna.edu.au) to ensure the highest level of security and privacy.



(Blended: online real time theory tutorials with on campus skills training in a simulation environment)

The course is provided through supervised structured blended mode of delivery. It will be delivered and assessed over 1355 hours in 78 weeks which will include training session for 1043 hours, assessment for 152 hours and 160 hours of professional experience placement (PEP).

20 contact hours will be delivered through online learning for 5 days which includes theory, simulation based training, assessment from monday to Thursday followed by support session on friday. Professional experience placement will happen in a suitable workplace after completion of theory in semester 3.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 15 hours per week of self-paced learning.

The delivery mode is subject to your eligibility to access state funding requirements and other conditions, please contact our admissions consultants to know more.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course; however, applicants should demonstrate ability to perform tasks as required by the industry.

  • 18 years of age and above at the time of commencement of the course
  • Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent possess basic computer skills

*Mature age students (22+) may also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the applicant to meet course requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) requirement

    All students are required to undergo the LLN test proffered by IHNA for their suitability to be determined for undertaking the course successfully.

  • Digital literacy

    Basic computer skills covering the most common usages of a computer, including managing computer files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases; creating presentations; finding information and communicating using computers; and being aware of social and ethical implications of Internet use.

    Having own computer (desktop or laptop) to facilitate the training and assessment. Recommended Laptop requirements: Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of RAM, Operating system; Windows 7 or later version, screen 10” or higher, Microsoft Office or Open Office program, Adobe Reader and Antivirus Program.

Professional Experience Placement (PEP) requirements

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance (NCC) or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Immunisation records
  • Working With Children check (WWCC)
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) clearance
  • Students must declare a disability or disorder (if any), or if they are on any medication which may require reasonable adjustments

Our approach is to collect evidence on whether the student can perform to the standards of the workplace. This is based on the relevant unit of competency, and you’ll find these tools being used:

  • Theory Assessments (TA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

With RPL we assess your competency based on formal, non-formal, informal learning or direct work experience based on the required skills of the course.

We use CT where you’ve completed units of study at another TAFE College or Registered Training Organisation that meet the requirements of another course. We grant credit according to the Certification, Issuing, and Recognition of Qualifications and Statements of Attainment. Assessing a CT is free.

If you’re eligible for RPL or CT you may be able to complete the course in a shorter duration with reduction to total course fees. Check your eligibility with us.

What is a L – Portfolio?

L – Portfolio is a collection of work, skills and interests (evidence) in an electronic format that showcases learning and experience over time.

When you think about your L-Portfolio and the types of evidence that it contains, it is important to think carefully about its purpose and intended audience.

Your L-Portfolio may contain all or some of the following:

  • Files of various formats (text, pictures, video, etc.)
  • Evidence related to courses taken, programs of study, etc.
  • Writing samples (which might include several drafts to show development and improvement)
  • Projects prepared for class or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of creativity and performance
  • Evidence of extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including examples of leadership
  • Evaluations, analysis and recommendations

Uses of L-Portfolio

Recognition of Prior Learning application:

Our RPL tool is in the form of an L-Portfolio, and allows students to put on record all their life experiences, interests and skills. Not only will their academic achievement be listed out, but also any life experiences that could potentially be taken into account for extra credit as Recognition of Prior Learning. For instance, an individual who has taken care of his or her bedridden parent has already gained valuable caregiver experience, which could be chalked up against practical expertise and added to their resume.

This L-Portfolio could be sent to employers when applying for work, to universities while applying for extra credits through RPL, or in any other ways to market their expertise.

Showcase/Professional L Portfolios

These L-Portfolios are used as a way to demonstrate (showcase) the highlights of a student’s academic and professional career.

Learning Portfolios

These portfolios are typically created by a student as part of a course as a way to demonstrate learning and the learning process. These portfolios are often shared with other students to elicit peer feedback. Learning portfolios support the idea of formative feedback as an essential part of the learning process.

  1. Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enrol Now” on the top right corner of the course page.
  2. Interview: Once you’ve met IHNA’s eligibility criteria you will be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant
  3. Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you will be offered a place for the course as per the availability of each intake.
  4. Enrolment Fee: After signing the offer acceptance an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  5. Confirmation of Admission: We will issue a conformation of admission once the enrolment fee has been received.

Call us on 1800 22 52 83 for any questions regarding your application.

  • How long will it take to complete this course?

    Duration of the course is 78 weeks

  • Can I study at my own time?

    Yes, you can study at your own time however if you are a domestic student receiving government funding it is mandatory that you attend classes.

  • Do I need to visit campus for any session?

    Domestic students are required to attend classes online.

  • Can I do the practical assessment or Simulation based assessment (SBA) at campus?

    SBAs (Simulation Based Assessments) can be done online.

  • Is there any flexibility in attending SBA ?

    Ideally it would be best to attend the SBA when it is scheduled by the trainer. Some of the SBAs require an audience which may be difficult to achieve if all the students do not show up for SBA at the scheduled time.

  • Do you Offer professional experience placement (PEP)?

    IHNA (Institute of Health and Nursing Australia) assists students in finding placement. However, we highly recommend students to volunteer at a community service organisation which might lead to gaining work placement or even a job.

  • Can I do 1 day in Morning batch and remaining sessions on Evening batch?

    Students should stick to morning or evening batch. It’s not recommended that students switch. If student cannot make it on the scheduled time because of extenuating circumstances, then they can attend the other session or listen to the recording.

  • If I choose the morning 5-day class batch, in case I am unable to attend any 1-day class, can I study it on my own time?

    Yes, you can catch up what you missed by listening to recordings and contacting the trainer on support days.

  • Is the PEP flexible?

    PEP is flexible in terms of which days you complete the placement. The total number of hours to be completed and the activities to be completed are not negotiable. You can do more than the required hours but not less than the stipulated 160 hours.

  • Are the SBA and PEP mandatory?

    Yes, SBA and PEP are mandatory.

  • How many days I must attend class? Is there any flexibility in attending class?

    Classes are schedule on Monday to Friday from 9am 1 pm AEST and 5 pm to 9pm AEST, Lecture and tutorial classes run from Monday to Thursday. Friday is support session. Student engagement is mandatory in all five days. It can be captured through attending classes, completing activities in canvas and completing assessments in student hub.

  • Can I fast track this study?

    You can fast track if you have RPL or credit transfer for some of the units. If you are a full fee-paying student, you can fast track it.

  • Can I get RPL or credit transfer?

    RPL and credit transfer is possible provided you have the proper evidence to prove you have the relevant knowledge and skills.

  • Can I complete the course fully online without attending class?

    The course has PEP which is face to face in a relevant workplace. Theory and simulation can be completed online.

  • Is there any pre-recorded session?

    Pre-recorded session for all units are available to students in canvas.

  • Is it mandatory to attend full day class?

    It’s not mandatory to attend full day of class but it is important to show evidence of participation by engaging in class, completing canvas activities and engaging with trainers.

  • Is there any problem if I missed 01 – 02-hour class on a scheduled day?

    Students will be able to catch up if they miss a one or two hours. However, its ideal not to miss the first couple of hours.

  • What software proficiency I will learn in SBA?

    You will be using 3 different platform to complete the course, Student hub, Canvas and MS office suite.

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