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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipMentHlthNurs

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4720.1

AQF Level: 8

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.

The course aims to produce a graduate who can practise mental health nursing skilfully and within ethical and legal boundaries, and who can think abstractly and critically. The course encourages critical examination of issues such as mental health nursing knowledge, the evidence-based perspective of practice, the measurement of outcomes and the consumer movement. Issues include learning how to use the self therapeutically, relationships with clients, understanding the experience of people who have mental illnesses, disorders and crises. Students who successfully complete this course may transfer into the Master of Mental Health Nursing.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


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

Registered Nurse or Midwife (currently registered to practice with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery)


Completion of an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7 or equivalent), in any discipline


Completion of a Graduate Certificate 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

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

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 80 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

And one elective

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