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CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health

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CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health


Prevalence of mental disorders in the Australian population (Dept of Health, 2009) informed that almost 45.5 experienced a mental disorder at some point in their lifetime. And one in five (20.0%) Australians aged 16-85 years experienced mental disorders in the previous 12 months This is equivalent to almost 3.2 million Australians.

You can help change these numbers. Become an Ambassador and promote Good Mental health.

Enrol in the Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315) 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. But above that, feel inspired and motivated to enhance your own life with much more. A degree that affects your life in several amazing ways.

The Diploma of Mental Health is a professional accreditation that focuses on the skills required to provide care for people with mental health issues. Because this work requires a person-centred approach, our teaching will prepare you to confidently provide counselling, referral, advocacy, and education/health promotion services. Your learning will include high level specialist knowledge and skills in regards to laws affecting people with mental health issues and the range of services available to them.

Course Fees for Full Fee-Paying Domestic Students IHNA Cochin (India) Campus


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Course Details

CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health

You could be eligible for
RPL or CT RPL : Recognition of Prior Learning
CT : Credit Transfer

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Amount of Training : 1355 Hours
AQF Level :5
Course Delivery :Blended
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Cochin (India)
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Victorian Funding

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

Student Testimonials

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

20 units are required for award of this qualification including:

CHCDIV001 Work with Diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCEDU001 Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCDEV001 Confirm Client developmental status
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented Mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity

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

  • Bachelor’s in Mental health
  • Amount of Training is 1355 Hours
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs and several other varied qualifications.

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

  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Community Service Worker
  • Behavioural Support worker
  • Hospital assistance
  • Human Welfare Worker
  • Trainer for Mental Health
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker

We offer pathways into higher level qualifications so that on completion of this certificate you can further your education with:

  • Bachelor of Mental Health or other related Degree

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 If the student is eligible, for Government funding, student pays: $1,854.90 If holds valid concession student pays: $549.60
New South Wales Check with us for Domestic Scholarships

*This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

*The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees

Over 50 years of age? Speak to our team to avail 50% course fee scholarship.

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

Melbourne (CBD) Campus
Level 5 & 6, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC – 3000, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia



(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 trainer session along with online self-paced structured e-learning as per the session plan,120 hours of simulation training and 156 hours of its assessment and 160 hours of work-based training / professional experience placement (PEP).

20 contact hours will be delivered through synchronised online learning for 2 full days which includes on- campus/online simulation based training. Professional experience placement and 6 hours of asynchronous learning.

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do approximate 10 hours per week of unstructured 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.

  • 16 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
  • Applicants will have to demonstrate their competence in literacy and numeracy levels in an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) at Exit Level 3 and participate in a pre-training review (PTR) when enrolling into the course.
  • Mature age students (22+) will also be considered without the minimum education requirements. Each case will be reviewed individually to ascertain the capacity of the student to meet course requirements.

Additional Requirement for professional experience placement (PEP)

  • A satisfactory National Police Clearance / Australian Federal Police Clearance Certificate (AFP) / NCC
  • Working with children check (WCC)
  • Applicable immunisation certification such as COVID-19 Certificate
  • Please declare in your application if you have a disability, disorder, or if you are on any medication that will require reasonable adjustments to fulfil these requirements.

IHNA highly recommends students to complete the immunisation process before the PEP start date as some facilities will not provide placement to students without Immunisation.

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)
  • Knowledge Based Assessments (KBA)
  • Simulation Based Assessments (SBA)
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP)

You’re also required to have the below learning resource:

  • The Road to Social Work & Human Service Practice by Chenoweth & McAuliffe

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 “Apply 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.

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