CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health


CHC53315   Diploma of Mental Health (089594M)

Duration: 104 weeks including holidays and 160 hours of work placement
AQF Level: 5
Course Delivery: Face-to-Face and Blended Mode
Campus: Blacktown Campus


Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially regarding laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of services focusing on:

  • Rehabilitation and support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.
  • Implementing community-based activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability, and
  • Mental health promotion work.

Areas of Study

Healthcare Management

Community services

Course structure

Total number of units = 20

15 core units

5 elective units

Core Units

CHCDIV001      Work with diverse people

CHCDIV002      Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCLEG001      Work legally and ethically

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

CHCMHS007      Work effectively in trauma informed care

CHCMHS008      Promote and facilitate self-advocacy

CHCMHS011      Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

HLTWHS001      Participate in work health and safety.


Elective Units

CHCCCS017   Provide loss and grief support

CHCCSL003   Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

CHCCSL007   Support counselling clients in decision-making processes

CHCLEG003   Manage legal and ethical compliance

CHCCCS003   Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Career opportunities

Welfare Support Worker

Mental Health Worker/ Support Worker

Community Support Worker

Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker



English requirements:

  • must have an IELTS score of 6.0 each
  • must have a TOEFL score of 60 or
  • must have a PTE Academic score of 50 or
  • must have a Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) score of 52 or
  • must have an OET score of PASS

Must be 18 years or older

Completed Australian year 12 equivalent


AHSI’s Diploma of Mental Health program to international students, can qualify the student to enter the Ikon Institute of Australia’s Bachelor Courses.
Australian Health & Science Institute
IKON Institute
CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
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BIP/BAP 4: Foundations of Professional Competency


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