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Diploma of Mental Health

CHC53315 Course Outline

Course CRICOS Code: 111664C
Duration: 52 weeks (36 weeks of study and 8 weeks of work placement plus an 8 week break)


​Face to face 2 days a week


This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.


The Diploma of Mental Health consists of 20 units of competency; 15 Core Units and 5 Elective Units*.

Unit of Competency

Core Units

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships

CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services

CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs

CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity

CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care

CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

Elective Units

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

CHCCCS018 Provide suicide bereavement support

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems

HLTHPS006 Assist Client with medication

BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and Financial Plans

*Consisting of:

  • At least 3 units from the electives listed above

  • Up to 2 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course - these units must be relevant to the work outcome

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.


  • Students must be 18 years of age at the time of enrolment

  • IELTS score 5.5 overall (with no band less than 5.0) or equivalent Pearson Test of English (PTE)

  • Year 12 or equivalent of Australian HSC.



After successfully achieving the Diploma of Mental Health, candidates may may pathway into further higher education.

Graduates may also find employment in industry as:

  • Mental health Outreach worker.

  • Welfare Support Worker

  • Program Service Co-ordinator

  • Case Manager


This qualification is recognised nationally under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

 Students that complete some but not all of the units of competency as stated in the Course Structure may be issued with a Statement of Attainment. It will identify only those units of competence that have been completed as part of the qualification and recognised nationally under the AQF.



Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for what you already know. If you believe you have related skills or have relevant units/qualifications obtained in previous successful studies, please indicate on your application form that you wish to apply for RPL/Credit.

Australian Health and Horticulture Institute Pty Ltd recognises qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework by a Registered Training Organisation. 


2023 Fees:

  • Onshore

Tuition Fees  :  8,000 $

Material Fee :  1,000 $

  • Offshore

Tuition Fees  :  12,000 $

Material Fee :   1,100 $

Non-Tuition Fees*

Enrollment Fee: 300 $


For further information regarding studying with AHHI, please refer to our Student Handbook which outlines all additional terms, conditions, and information related to student life in Australia. 

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