Graduate Diploma of Health (Mental Health Nursing)

Become a specialist nurse in mental health and deliver positive outcomes for clients and their families.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.

This program is a specialist postgraduate qualification available to successful nursing graduates, focusing on developing a deep understanding of the theory and clinical practice relationship.

Created in response to the growing demand for specialist nurses with expertise in mental health, the curriculum explores contemporary developments and debates, and offers the opportunity to undertake supervision and mentorship in a clinical environment, providing an opportunity to apply your skills at an advanced level.

Our enthusiastic and energetic academics maintain their strong industry experience with significant on-going experience in the mental-health nursing sector. They are committed to assisting and supporting students align both theory and practice.

Our online delivery mode offers flexibility that suits your lifestyle, allowing you to get ahead in your professional and personal life, while keeping up to date with contemporary developments in mental health nursing.

Successful completion will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application in the mental health community, leading to career progression within the clinical area. If considering further study, you may like to consider the Master of Health (Mental Health Nursing).

This program is only available part-time (duration is 2 years). It is also available as a graduate certificate option.

  • Mental health nurse

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

HEMTL6000, 15 credit points
HEMTL6001, 15 credit points
HEMTL6002, 15 credit points
HEMTL6003, 15 credit points

Semester 2

HEALT6001, 30 credit points
HEALT6002, 30 credit points

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

This program is open to students who are successful graduates of Bachelor level studies (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline

Extra Requirements

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

It is strongly recommended that program participants be in employment to have access to a workplace for completion of assessment

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HM4

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$4,124 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Bindu Joseph