Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
2 years
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Course Overview

Do you already work in the mental health industry and want to further your skills and knowledge? Then, the Diploma of Mental Health is the ideal course for you.

This course teaches you to provide services to clients with mental health issues including counselling, referral and advocacy services. You’ll learn high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and issues related to mental health.

You’ll also learn how to provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability, while implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.

This is an online course and has been developed to best support people already working in the welfare sector. There is a 160-hour practical placement that must be completed to achieve this qualification, which will be carried out under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals. But the best bit is that online classes can be completed at a time that suits you, which means your learning and development is completely in your hands!

And when you finish this course, you’ll be qualified to work in a range of contexts, including community based non-government organisations, home based outreach, centre-based programs, respite care, residential services, rehabilitation programs, clinical settings or supporting people in employment.

You might also like to take your career further by studying a Diploma of Community Services, or a Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Both of these courses will help further your skills and enhance your employment opportunities down the track – and we’ll be on hand to help with the decision-making process when you’re ready.

So if you’re wanting to upskill in your current industry and all more knowledge to your toolkit, this is the perfect way to do it.


Online tutorials will vary depending on student availability

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Diploma of Mental Health.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

Applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test as well as a Pre-Training Review to determine whether they are suitable for this course. Applicants then must undertake an interview and also meet the below requirements:

  • Year 11 pass or mature age
  • Clear Police and Working with Children Check

Recommended entry requirements

  • Access to suitable technology.
  • Capable to advanced level computer skills.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Students must have access to a computer and have a reasonable level of computer skills to undertake this course.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $15,793 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



160 hours
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process


Written assignments, participation in forums, quizzes, case studies, research activities