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Diploma of Mental Health


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

The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. It requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

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To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must meet one of the three requirements:

  1. Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental health work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above
  2. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against Certificate IV in Mental Health or equivalent
  3. Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:
    • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
    • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
    • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance

Course Outline
Total number of units: 20
Core units: 15
Elective units: 5
Provide systems advocacy services CHCADV005 Core
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 Core
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002 Core
Establish self-directed recovery relationships CHCMHS002 Core
Provide recovery oriented mental health services CHCMHS003 Core
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services CHCMHS004 Core
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues CHCMHS005 Core
Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs CHCMHS009 Core
Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity CHCMHS010 Core
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing CHCMHS011 Core
Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives CHCMHS012 Core
Implement trauma informed care CHCMHS013 Core
Research and apply evidence to practice CHCPOL003 Core
Refelct on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 Core
Manage work health and safety HLTWHS004 Core
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001 Elective
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003 Elective
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007 Elective
Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence CHCDFV402C Elective
Counsel clients affected by domestic violence CHCDFV006 Elective

The full qualification will be delivered over 12 months, four blocks with 2 work placements (suitable for regional and country student to access training. 

These blocks are delivered on site at Marr Mooditj Training facilities. To find out next block dates please contact Marr Mooditj Training.

  • Community support worker
  • Community youth worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health program manager
  • Mental health advocate
  • Mental health support worker

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