CHC53315 – Diploma of
Mental Health


People are often struggling with mental health issues that affect many aspects of their lives. You can support and empower people through their challenges and achieve more well-being in order to pursue their goals.

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.

You can only take this course after completing 160 hours of work.

Course Start Dates

Sydney (Parramatta)

Online (Blended) Delivery

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Melbourne CBD

Online (Blended) Delivery

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Perth (SGT)

Face to Face

Enrol any Time! Every Monday from May 3, 2021 onwards

Course Details

Duration  : 40 weeks full time
AQF Level :5
Course Delivery : On campus and Blended
Campuses : Melbourne, Sydney, Perth
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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“This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding”

  • 40 weeks full time
  • On campus (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth) and Blended
  • Available to domestic students only

20 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 15 core units
  • 5 elective units


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


CHCDEV001 Confirm Client developmental status
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans
CHCMGT001 Develop, implement and review quality framework
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements

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
  • 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

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

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

State Fees Funding
Victoria AUD $9,900 Government subsidised: $0
Western Australia AUD $9,900 Government subsidised: $1,871.10
Concession: $554.40

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

Melbourne (CBD) Campus
Level 5 & 6, 131 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC – 3000, Australia
Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus
597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road, Heidelberg Heights, VIC – 3081, Australia
Perth Campus
Level 2, 12 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA – 6000, Australia
Sydney Campus
Level 7, 33 Argyle Street, Parramatta, NSW – 2150, Australia

The course is provided through supervised structured online mode delivery. It will be delivered and assessed over 1256 hours in 40 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).



Students are required to attend 20 contact hours per week physically at the campus and professional experience placements.


20 contact hours will be delivered through synchronised online learning which includes on- campus simulation based training and Professional experience placement.

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.

There are no pre-requisites or other training package entry requirements for this course.

You are, however, required to meet the admission criteria in order to meet industry requirements. This includes that you have:

  • 18 years of age and above
  • A National Police Clearance or Australian Federal Police (AFP) Clearance certificate
  • Immunisation (this is required for the Professional Experience Placement)
  • Basic computer skills
  • Successfully complete an LLN test and can work at Level 4 for all indicators (issued within the last 12 months from the time of admission)

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.

  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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