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Master of 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.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Flexible Delivery - Ballarat
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This course 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.

This course is only offered part-time (duration is 4 years). It is also available as a graduate certificate and graduate diploma.

Please finad available Scholarships under Additional Information.

  • Mental health nurse
  • Maternal and child health nurse

Successful completion of the Master of 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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

HEALP6201, 15 credit points
HEALP6202, 15 credit points

Semester 2

Elective AQF level 8 or 9

Year 2

Semester 1

HEMTL6004, 30 credit points

Semester 2

Year 3

Semester 1

Research Stream

Leadership Stream

Semester 2

Research Stream

Leadership Stream

Year 4

Semester 1

Research Stream

Leadership Stream

Semester 2

Leadership Stream

Research Stream

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

This course requires a total of 80 placement hours.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Part time study only will be available.

Prospective students interested in applying for this course will need to demonstrate a relevant Bachelor or post graduate qualification in a health related discipline. Registration with AHPRA or discipline related professional body. Demonstration of recent practice in health care settings.

Mid-year entry is only available to applicants who will receive credit – e.g. applicants must hold a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma to be eligible.

Extra requirements

Applicants must supply a current resume with their application.

All applicants must complete and submit:
1. Copy/ies of my relevant bachelor degree or equivalent
2. Completed and signed immunisation status form []
3. Completed supplementary application form []

Extra Requirements for Enrolment

1. Completed and signed immunisation status form []

2. Working with Child Check (WWCC

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

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: HN9

Tuition fee information

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

2024 indicative full-time fee: $4,445

Commonwealth Supported Places are subsidised by the Australian Government. The tuition fee is called the student contribution amount. The indicative fee above is based on a typical first-year enrolment for this course and should be used as a guide only. For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed. Your fee will depend on the units you chose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive. 

How it's calculated

The government sets the fee each year. The amount depends on the discipline area and band of each unit. 2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range from $4,445 (Band 1) to $16,323 (Band 4).  The sample structure section above links to the EFTSL, Band and fee for each unit or you can use our unit search to find these details.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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 course 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.

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 unit, 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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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

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Course co-ordinator

Carolyn Bailey
Michael Barbagallo