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Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315


Skills First Funding


Non Apprentice/Trainee



2 years




Traineeship or online


160 hrs



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Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315

General: Our Diploma in Mental Health qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. Through our Diploma in Mental Health course, students can expect to learn how professionals provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. Equipped with a diploma of mental health, workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Employment Growth: Upon graduating from the diploma of mental health programme, workers can expect to find opportunities within the broader field of community and personal service work.

Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age.

Students should be working in the industry.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Welfare Support Worker, Community Rehabilitation Worker, Community support worker, Mental health support worker or Mental Health Outreach Worker.

Job outlook: Community and Personal Service Workers is the broad occupation category.

Delivery and assessment: All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, case study and projects.

Practical placement requirements: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant mental health services setting. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid National Police Check prior to attending placement.

Core Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCADV005Provide systems advocacy services90
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships60
CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services60
CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services75
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues90
CHCMHS009Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs75
CHCMHS010Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity80
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing80
CHCMHS012Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives80
CHCMHS013Implement trauma informed care80
CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence to practice65
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice120
HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety40

Elective Units

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues70
CHCAOD007Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management55
CHCCDE004Implement participation and engagement strategies85
CHCCSM004Coordinate complex case requirements75
CHCMHS006Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers50

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


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