Diploma of Mental Health

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Diploma of Mental Health

Whether you’re new to the industry or looking to brush up your skills, this course is a great pathway to assistance work in medical imaging, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and other allied health contexts.

Job prospects

+ Community Rehabilitation Worker

+ Welfare Support Worker

+ Community Support Worker

+ Mental Health Support Worker

+ Mental Health Outreach Worker


+ Duration: 52 weeks

+ Work placement: 160 hours

Local students Yes

International students No

Is this funded?

Yes - Government funding is available to eligible students. Click here to see if you qualify.

How can I study?

This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams. Call us to discuss your options.

National code: CHC53315

Units: 15 core + 5 elective

Location: This program is delivered as blended training, both in-person and remotely in real-time via Microsoft Teams

Delivery modes: Blended

Total duration: 52 weeks

Delivery weeks: 46 weeks

Holiday weeks: 6 weeks

Government funded: $250*

Self-funded: $9,000

*This program is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth government funding to eligible candidates. Eligibility criteria applies.

Enrolment fees include additional resources required for the program and student ID charges. For additional service fees, such as re-assessment fees or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), please refer to the Domestic Student Handbook.

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker

  • Welfare Support Worker

  • Community Support Worker

  • Mental Health Support Worker

  • Mental Health Outreach Worker


There are no prerequisite qualifications required to enter this program.


Education and skills

Students must complete a Pre-Training Review, meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skill standards for this program level, and demonstrate they are a suitable candidate for this program.



You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of at least 18 years of age.

All candidates require a Unique Student Identification (USI) number. If you do not have a USI number you can apply for one online at https://www.usi.gov.au/students, or you can give MCIE administration staff permission to apply on your behalf.


Students with disabilities

MCIE welcomes all people with disabilities, learning differences and medical conditions. Acceptance in this program is subject to candidates’ ability to undertake all program requirements as discussed in the Pre-Training Review, with reasonable adjustments where applicable.


Digital technology

Students must have sufficient digital literacy skills to access online content, enter answers to written questions and communicate with trainers via email, the student portal and the learning management system.


Industry requirements

Candidates may be asked to provide evidence of the following for work placement (requirements vary according to host employer policies):

  • National Police Check

  • Working with Children Check

  • NDIS Worker Screening Check

  • Flu vaccination and COVID-19 vaccinations

  • Work placement industry requirements may vary depending on your
    host employer.


Prior experience

Credit Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) are available. Credit Transfer is free of charge. RPL application fees are $145 per hour. Please click here for more information on RPL fees, terms and conditions.

Core units

HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing)
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs)
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

Elective units

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

Nationally Recognised Training

This is Nationally Recognised Training,
leading to Australian Qualifications
Framework (AQF) qualification or a
Statement of Attainment.

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The reviews

MCIE is a great provider of this course

Rated 5.0 out of 5
August 15, 2023

MCIE trainers are highly experienced.

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