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La Trobe University

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Online Master of Mental Health Nursing

  • Masters (Coursework)

Specialise as a mental health nurse with multiple perspectives in care. Soaring growth rates are expected for mental health nurse positions - earn your Master of Mental Health Nursing 100% online.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
18 months full-time
Study Mode
Intake Months
Mar, Apr, Jul, Sep
Domestic Fees
$39,600 total

About this course

Registered nurses - address the critical mental health needs of the community

The Master of Mental Health Nursing is a specialist postgraduate qualification open to Division 1 registered nurses. Study 1.5 years full-time or 2-3 years part-time. You'll extend your skills across 12 units of study.

The course helps you develop a deeper understanding of mental health through systematic analysis and reflection on the relationships between theory and clinical practice. You'll have the opportunity to exit at a Diploma level with advanced specialist skills or complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing to attain a clinical consultancy level of practice.

Gain in-depth knowledge and lifelong learning skills you'll need for a career in contemporary mental health practice. The curriculum provides a strong evidence base and an advanced clinical-practice component. Specialty modules mean you'll undertake focused and advanced studies in your specific area of interest. You'll also undertake supervised and assessed clinical practice.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements

To apply for La Trobe's mental health nursing course, you'll need a completed application and the following:

  • completed undergraduate degree
  • transcripts from prior universities
  • resume or CV
  • personal statement
  • be a Division 1 Registered Nurse
  • a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Opportunities for alternate entry include special consideration and advanced standing.

Study locations


What you will learn

By graduation you'll be able to:

  • Make independent clinical judgements applying specialist skills
  • Assess clients and develop reasonable clinical plans
  • Use critical skills in problem-solving, planning and evaluation
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with colleagues, people accessing mental health services and the public
  • Perform independently or as a team leader in mental health settings
  • Recognise ongoing learning needs and use effective learning strategies for professional practice
  • Undertake effective reflective practice, both independently and as a member or leader of teams in multidisciplinary work environments

Career pathways

Across Australia, mental health nurses provide much of the direct clinical mental healthcare offered, but qualified professionals are in short supply in comparison to the demand. In 2018, the Department of Health and Human survey reported 460 vacancies in the mental health nursing workforce, with some services having more than a 20% vacancy rate.By 2030, Health Workforce Australia predicts a shortfall of nearly 19,000 mental health nurses.