Diploma of Mental Health

On Campus

Code: CHC53315

Mode of Delivery: On Campus


Course Duration: 18 months

Commencing in: 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
24/07/2024 Traralgon Tuesday 9:00am-3:00pm

About this course

Delivered via our online learning platform (Moodle) with compulsory face-to-face classes on campus, this 15-month course reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychosocial disability.
Our Diploma of Mental Health will give you the skills to work in a range of community contexts including non-government organisations, home-based outreach, centre-based programs, respite care, residential services, rehabilitation programs, clinical settings or employment support.
You must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency to achieve this qualification.

Career Opportunities

Community Rehabilitation Worker, Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Outreach Officer, Mental Health Outreach Worker, Assistant Community Services Worker, Various Support roles.

Opportunities for Further Study

Diploma of Community Services
Diploma in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Bachelor of Community and Human Services (Federation University) 120 Credit Points. Guaranteed Entry.
Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Federation University) 30 Credit Points.
Bachelor of Arts (Federation University) 60 Credit Points.

Skills or Knowledge gained

Intake and assessment
Rapport building
Case note writing
Safe work practices
Group work
Team work
Planning and organising
Working with at risk individuals and groups
Working with diverse people
Family violence
Mental health
Life span development
Child Abuse
Crisis work
Legislation and compliance
Policies and procedures
Roles and responsibilities

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

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.

Limitations to course Entry:

Current service user.

Minimum Industry Requirement

  • Working with children check
  • Police check

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

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

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: Yes


Placement to be arranged by: Institute

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $7,680.00 $18,080.00
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $0.00 $0.00
Total $7,680.00 $18,080.00
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 $18,097.00 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

Sample course units

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
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
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.