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Master of Mental Health Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: MMentHlthNurs

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4719.1

AQF Level: 9

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2015 or later.

This course provides students with the theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills to prepare them for advanced practice in mental health nursing, across a range of health care settings. Graduates will be able to apply advanced practice, concepts and analysis in mental health nursing to promote optimal health outcomes for clients with mental illness. Opportunities will be provided for students to undertake in-depth study into aspects of mental health and mental illness relevant to their specific area of practice.

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.


All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for entry:

Registered Nurse or Midwife (currently registered to practise with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery). Any other type of registration (non-practising, limited, or student) is not acceptable for this course.


Completion of an undergraduate degree in health-related sciences (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), such as health science, human science, midwifery, naturopathy, nursing, nutrition, psychology OR Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (AQF Level 8 or equivalent).


One year full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse or registered midwife within the last five years.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a statement of service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University.  Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the units listed below

400957Biological Considerations in Mental Health and Mental Illness for Advanced Practice
401139Clinical Supervision in Health Care
400220Contemporary Professional Practice in Mental Health Nursing
401168Evidence Based Health Care
400217Mental Health Assessment and Application
400218Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
400219Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
400858Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Mental Health Nurses

And two electives

And choose one of

401440Capstone Experience in Health Care
401084Research Project in Health Care

Or choose two of

401085Scholarship for Practice Change in Health Care
401086Writing for Publication

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