Diploma of
Mental Health (089594M)

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.

Course Entry Requirements

International Students
  • Proficient in English International Students require either an
    • 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


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

Areas of Study

  • Healthcare Management
  • Community services

Work Placement Requirement

  • Immunization Form, National Police Check (less then 12 months old), Working with Children

Core units

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

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

Possible career opportunities relevant to this qualification include:

  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Mental Health Worker/ Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker

Higher Education Pathways

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

Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy 094685K CRS1400328
BIP/BAP 2 Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice 1
BIP/BAP 4 Foundations of Professional Competency
BAP 10 Practicum 1 (120 hours)
Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy 094684M CRS1400329
BAP 10 Practicum 1 (120 hours)
BIP/BAP 2 Integrative Psychotherapy in Practice
BIP/BAP 4 Foundations of Professional Competency
BAP 12 Practicum 1 (120 hours)

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