Diploma of Mental Health – CHC53315

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues.

They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy, education and health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Career opportunities and pathways

Completion of this qualification can lead to a number of career opportunities such as:

  • welfare coordinator
  • mental health worker
  • dual diagnosis practitioner
  • refugee liaison officer
  • psychosocial rehabilitation worker
  • community rehabilitation and support worker
  • mental health outreach worker

Graduates of the Diploma qualification may be eligible for pathways to the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs or the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Entry requirements

Prior to enrolment, all applicants are required to attend an interview. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of course commencement. Admission requirements are completion of a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment.

All students need to be able to obtain a satisfactory Police Check and a valid Working with Children Check prior to undertaking work placement.

Students are required to complete work placement to successfully complete the requirements of the course.

Duration and training delivery

This course will be delivered over 24 months. The course includes a mix of delivery methods, such as face-to-face class time and online classes.

As part of this course you will be required to complete clinical or work placement activities. This must be undertaken within a relevant organisation that provides these services. Details of the hours for clinical or work placement activities can be obtained by contacting VACCHO Student Administration training@vaccho.org.au in the first instance.

Units of study

Total number of units = 20

15 Core units:

  • HCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
  • 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
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

5 Elective units:

  • CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • CHCMHS010 Implement recovery-oriented approach to complexity
  • CHCMHS002 establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • CHCMHS003 Provide recovery orientated mental health services
  • CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

More Information

To apply for this course, submit an Expression of Interest via the link below.

Nationally Recognised Training

RTO 20739

Aboriginal Health

Business and Leadership

Social and Emotional Wellbeing


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