Diploma of Mental Health

Course Reference
CHC53315

Duration

Maximum 24 months


Delivery Method

Flexible
Individual needs approach to learning
Practical placement


Enrolment Method
Open enrolment

Prospective Career Roles

Community rehabilitation and support worker
Mental health rehabilitation support worker
Community support worker
Mental health support worker
Mental health outreach worker


Assessment Methods

Short answer questions
Projects
Case studies
Workplace portfolio
Research reports
Practical placement
Practical logbook


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Working in the area of mental health involves providing support to people living with a mental illness. Through the community services qualifications, work may focus on engaging people with a mental illness in community participation, working to prevent relapses and promoting recovery. This work can be done within settings such as residential rehabilitation, clinical settings, home-based outreach and centre-based programs delivered by community based non-government organisations. The work may also involve supported employment and programmed respite care.

The Diploma of Mental Health focuses on rehabilitation and support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability, implementing community-based activities centred around mental health, as well as mental health promotion work.

The course includes lessons in counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. It requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies, especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to clients and health issues related to mental health.

Employment for this occupation rose very strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Mental Health Workers to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.

Course Information

Delivery Method

The Diploma of Mental Health is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency.  The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments.

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Work placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment, where you are able to practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course.

It is compulsory for students to undertake practical placement for the Diploma of Mental Health.

Duration: Approximately 400 hours, based on skills to be demonstrated in the workplace.

Securing Practical Placement

As a student, it is important of you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations. Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss work placement requirements.

Insurance

Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking work placement as part of their qualification.

Pre-requirements

As a student, you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical work placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate students can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects/ Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Workplace portfolios
  • Work placement logbook

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experiences and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency.  Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.


Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Diploma of  Mental Health, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org and completing an LLN test.


Finance

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to by allowing students to either:

  • pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full cost of the course; or
  • take advantage of our affordable payment plan options to pay in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments (see enrolment form for additional information).

Student Support

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

One-on-one Trainer Support

You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey where you can contact them via phone or email.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support regarding your enrolment and study plan, changes to contact details, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

Peer Support

Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.


Course Structure

20 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 15 core units
  • 5 elective units

The course combines theoretical and practical work placement experience. The theoretical component of the course provides students with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical placement experience provides students with the clinical knowledge and skills to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.

To view the course outline, including the recommendation for the order in which you should complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the bottom left hand side of this page.