Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Course summary

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is a focused, clinically-based course designed for a practitioner commencing the specialty of mental health nursing. It combines theoretical aspects of mental health to develop and refine clinical skills and interventions. This course may assist registered nurses in their application to be a credentialed mental health nurse by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).

This degree addresses the priorities established in the National Mental Health Plan, namely: mental health promotion and prevention; partnership; and quality and effectiveness of service delivery.

The teaching focuses on evidence-based practice and reflects developments in mental health service delivery locally, nationally and internationally.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

2603

Duration

1 year full time or part time equivalent

Delivery

Flexible

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor degree in Nursing of at least three years' duration from a recognised tertiary institution, or a qualification to practise as a Registered Nurse or equivalent.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing may be granted 24 credit points of specified advanced standing into the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.


Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing have the option of articulating, prior to graduation, into the Masters of Mental Health Nursing. If graduation has occurred, a further 48 credit points are required to complete the Master degree.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$13,536 (2020)

$27,072 (2020)

Wollongong

Flexible

$13,536 (2021)

$27,072 (2021)

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in most postgraduate coursework degrees (excluding programs offered by the Sydney Business School and the Faculty of Business and Law).

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

This program is not available to international applicants.

CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing may be granted 24 credit points of specified advanced standing into the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing.


Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing have the option of articulating, prior to graduation, into the Masters of Mental Health Nursing. If graduation has occurred, a further 48 credit points are required to complete the Master degree.

RECORD CHECK

 

FEES

This program is not available to international students.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$14,856 (2020)

$29,712 (2020)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2020 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 27 July 2020
Session: 3 August – 2 December 2020

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2020. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 27 June 2021*
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

*Complete applications (with all required documentation) received by this date will receive an outcome prior to the start of session.

Applications received after this date will continue to be assessed for the requested session until start of session. Late applications may be assessed for future sessions if an outcome for the requested session is not available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Articulate coherent and advanced knowledge of the principles and concepts associated with Mental Health Nursing and in particular as they relate to people with a lived experience of a mental illness.
2 Apply knowledge of Mental Health to practice in relation to Mental Health Nursing
3 Demonstrate cognitive and specialised skills reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to identify and solve complex problems.
4 Critical thinking and evaluation to develop and articulate new understanding.
5 Communicate knowledge and ideas about theoretical concepts related to Mental Health Nursing to a variety of audiences.
6 Make independent judgements across a range of Mental Health Nursing related functions and contexts.
7 Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within a Mental Health Nursing context.
8 Incorporate/integrate principles of Australian professional credentialing requirements as they relate to policy development (practice initiatives) for mental health nursing.

Course Structure

To qualify for award of the degree, the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, a candidate must successfully complete at least 48 credit points in accordance with the table below.

Note, International students in Australia on a student visa who are studying onshore cannot enrol in more than 33% of their total course by distance as per ESOS legislation.as per ESOS legislation.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
SNPG915 Essential Skills for Health Researchers 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG923 Legal and Professional Issues 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG935 Philosophies of Mental Health Care 6 Spring
SNPG950 Reflection For Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG939 Psychoactive Substance and Mental Health 6 Autumn
SNPG932 Recovery and the Lived Experience of Mental Illness 6 Autumn
SNPG902 Effective Management in Health 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG934 Informed Practice in Mental Health Nursing 6 Autumn

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. This brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. (Source: Employment Projections)

UOW's multi-disciplinary programs are designed to enable students to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time or part-time career in health care.

We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research, and aim to achieve standards of excellence in continuing education for existing clinicians and in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession.

Our close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of nurses and the populations they serve.