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Diploma of Mental Health

National ID: CHC53315 | State ID: AWL3


Strengthen the voices of vulnerable people

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You will learn about current approaches to mental health that focus on the person not the illness. The Diploma of Mental Health will enable you to undertake community service work that includes mental health.

Working in the community services industry you will provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues that may include case management, referral, advocacy, individual support, and education/health promotion services. 

Gain these skills
  • Advance communication skills
  • Complex problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Understanding the complexity of issues facing people with mental health issues
  • Advanced teamwork
  • Research and project development skills
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Able to undertake research and self directed learning
  • Time management
  • Proactive, positive, enthusiastic, energetic
  • Build and maintain professional relationships
  • Problem solving
Delivery mode information

With part time study you will be completing your course on-campus with face to face contact with your lecturers and fellow students during every-day class activities.

Qualifications are broken down into stages to try and suit your availability. 
If you are planning on completing a Certificate III or IV level course we will recommend that the course be broken into 2 or 3 stages over 12 - 18 months 
If you are planning on completing a Diploma level course we will recommend that the course be broken into 3 or 4 stages over 18 - 24 months 

A Work Placement is compulsory for students undertaking a Certificate IV or Diploma as some units in these qualifications require you to demonstrate your skills in a work place setting. These units will be highlighted on your study plan.

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

Workplace training offers a flexible, self-paced study program which combines workplace recognition of prior learning and individualised ‘gap’ training to attain your qualification.

Workplace training means every time you go to work you are learning and demonstrating competence whilst working towards your qualification. The flexibility of workplace training allows you to structure and perform learning and assessment in a way that fits into your professional and personal life.

Learning and assessment plans are created on an individual level in consultation with you and/or your employer. Workplace training assessment is conducted using numerous methods including practical demonstration and observation, question and answer interviews, written tasks, supervisor reports and workshops. 

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

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Mental Health Worker; Community Worker; Community Support Worker

 Other job titles may include:

  • Mental Health Worker | Mental Health Support Worker 
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Recovery Partner

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.


For information about jobs and pathways, please see


Further study opportunities:

CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling. Graduates may be eligible for university entry.

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Course Overview

WhereJoondalup (Kendrew Crescent)

One year (2 semesters) full time or two years (4 semesters) part time. 

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
Fees and charges

View our Indicative Fees list 

Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.



Core Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeingCHCMHS011AVB59
Establish self-directed recovery relationshipsCHCMHS002AVB68
Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexityCHCMHS010AVB60
Implement trauma informed careCHCMHS013AVB57
Manage work health and safetyHLTWHS004WG741
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyCHCDIV002AVC08
Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programsCHCMHS009AVB61
Provide recovery oriented mental health servicesCHCMHS003AVB67
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCMHS005AVB65
Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directivesCHCMHS012AVB58
Provide systems advocacy servicesCHCADV005AVC92
Reflect on and improve own professional practiceCHCPRP003AVB48
Research and apply evidence to practiceCHCPOL003AVB50
Work collaboratively with the care network and other servicesCHCMHS004AVB66
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09

Elective Units

Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violenceCHCDFV006AWB29
Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processesCHCMGT005AVB71
Manage and promote diversityCHCDIV003AVC07
Manage personal stressors in the work environmentHLTWHS006AUZ56
Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextCHCAOD001AVC85
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
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