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.
To apply for La Trobe's mental health nursing course, you'll need a completed application and the following:
Opportunities for alternate entry include special consideration and advanced standing.
By graduation you'll be able to:
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.