Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
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This graduate diploma is for registered nurses who wish to specialise in the progressive area of mental health nursing.
You will gain advanced practical skills and knowledge needed to assess and deliver care to people experiencing mental health problems and mental illness, and will graduate with a qualification that qualifies you to provide mental health care for people of all ages and in all settings.
During your studies you will explore:
Due to a limited number of placements, applicants must complete a Statement of Employment – this must be submitted to the University as soon as possible after applying through SATAC.
Students who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.
On entry to the qualification you will be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.
You can find more about what you’ll need in the rules and notes below the courses you'll study.
This graduate diploma is a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and workshops on campus – we offer accessible digital learning facilities, and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way. Together with teaching staff who are above world-class researchers in Nursing1 and industry-experienced, you are assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support.
As Australia’s University of Enterprise:
Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.
It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.
1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2 QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
3 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50
Industry experience is a key focus of this graduate diploma, and you will complete clinical placements as part of your studies. During this time you will learn from qualified practitioners and mental health professionals, and build important industry networks.
You will also learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms.
This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:
Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.
Mental health professionals aim to facilitate an improved quality of life for people with mental health problems and mental illness. They actively participate in the recognition, assessment and treatment of people with mental health and co-morbid related conditions, and provide support and assistance to families and friends.
There is an increasing prevalence of mental illness in Australia - in 2007, 45 per cent of Australians aged 16-85 years (or 7.3 million people) had at some point in their lifetime experienced a mental disorder1. Specialist training in the area of mental health will offer career diversity for graduates.
Mental health nurses can gain employment in a variety of settings in the private and public sectors, including:
1Australian Bureau of Statistics: 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB)
Martins Strikis, Registered Nurse, Mount Gambier Community Mental Health Service
Associate Professor Rachael Vernon
This unique qualification will give you an in-depth understanding of mental health issues and conditions, as well the ability to how to best design intervention and evaluation strategies for patients across diverse backgrounds.
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing prepares registered nurses to care for people experiencing mental illness, exploring bio-psychosocial and behavioural sciences, co-morbidity, pharmacology and the provision of family support within mental health. Emphasis is also placed on the practice of mental health care for a culturally diverse society in metropolitan, rural and remote clinical settings.
You will also develop advanced interviewing, assessment skills and knowledge of support services.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience.
In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing||NURS 5071||9||Note(s): 2||Rule(s): 4|
|Theoretical Approaches to Mental Health Nursing Practice||NURS 5159||9||Rule(s): 4|
|Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health Nursing||NURS 5160||9|
|Consolidation of Mental Health Nursing Practice||NURS 5158||9||Rule(s): 2|
Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.
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