Graduate Certificate in Health (Perinatal and Infant Mental Health)

Propel your career and specialise in a new and rewarding field of perinatal and infant health. Work with families in community and institutional settings during a challenging time of transition.
0.5 Year
(60 credit points = 0.5 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.

This program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to understand, educate and support families experiencing mental health difficulties within the first twelve months following childbirth. Explore intermediary and complex understandings of infant and mother perinatal mental health, combining the study of the mother’s (family) mental health and the infant’s mental health. 

Clinical support and collaboration with other mental health and interdisciplinary health professionals will play a vital role in building foundation skills to identify, screen, treat and manage mental health conditions in the perinatal period as well as better understand the normal adjustment to pregnancy and infant development. 

Infant observation and reflective practice will focus on core components in working with the mother (carer) – infant dyad to learn the required skills to support parents’ self –knowledge, recovery and growth and improve confidence and skills in parenting.

A wide range of career opportunities are available upon graduation in community and institutional workplaces and is suited to those working in nursing, maternity, maternal and child health, social workers or other professionals working with children and families.

This program is also available as a graduate diploma and masters option.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health will enhance your professional standing and provide you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application as a leader in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

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

HEALP6201, 15 credit points
HEALP6202, 15 credit points
Electives A

This program requires a total of 80 placement hours

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

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

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: HN4

CRICOS code:

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$1,975 estimated certificate tuition fee - commencing 2021

This Certificate is 0.5 EFTSL (equivalent full-time study load) or 60 credit points. 1 EFTSL or 120 credit points is equivalent to a standard year of full time study.

The estimated certificate 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.

While this program does not lead to registration as a health professional, you will enhance your professional standing within your discipline area providing you with advanced level skills and knowledge for application in the nursing practice and knowledge community.

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

School of Health

Course coordinator

Blake Peck