Course summary

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is a completely online course, designed specifically for allied health and social care professionals who wish to increase their specialist knowledge and employment outcomes in mental health.

The course comprises four core units in contemporary mental health research and policy and has been designed with the input of leading clinical and academic mental health professionals.

Undertaking this course will enhance your clinical capabilities and theoretical knowledge of both current and future mental health practice, for the benefit of mental health consumers, your professional discipline and yourself.

Please note: this course can be completed in accelerated part-time study mode.

The course consists of a choice of four units from the following: 

  • Contemporary Mental Health
  • Mental Health Across the Lifespan
  • Mental Health in Community, Non-Government and Primary Health Settings
  • Acute Mental Health
  • Supporting Behaviour Change in Mental Health Contexts
  • Physical Health Care in Mental Health
  • Appraising Evidence
  • Healthcare Professional Portfolio.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Generates/translates novel information or theories, making a substantial contribution to the discipline through scholarly activities.

Creativity

Critically appraises the nature and extent of influences (social, political, economic and organizational) to overcome constraints in negotiation of options for clinical interventions.

Ethical practice

Interrogates and challenges the concepts of risk and safety from the basis of consumer centred care considering social protection, legal, moral and ethical principles to balance risk in recovery.

Knowledge of a discipline

Exercises expert/enhanced clinical judgement and decision-making and insight in novel situations in specialist mental health disciplines in pursuit of optimal consumer outcomes.

Lifelong learning

Consistently demonstrates a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility in self-directed work and learning.

Communication and social skills

Develops and maintains partnerships in care (individually and with groups) with mental health consumers and their families which focuses on the recipient of care, the person’s right to choice and self-determination, and the person’s inherent capacity for recovery.

Cultural competence

Respects individual worldviews and enhances their own critical thinking to lead others in challenging assumptions underpinning worldviews.


Course overview

Course code

1008133

Course abbreviation

GCMH

Credit points

48

Equivalent units

4

Domestic duration

8 months part-time

International duration

8 months full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health, students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points).