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Graduate Diploma of Nursing Specialisation Mental Health

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
2 years part-time
University of Southern Queensland


  • Progress in your current nursing role and study mental health nursing to increase your resilience and build knowledge of human behaviour and psychological wellbeing.
  • Build your understanding of counselling theories to develop comprehensive knowledge of mental health conditions.
  • Explore the complementary theoretical perspectives used in mental health and apply these theories into practice through the residential schools applicable to each counselling subject studied. 
  • Study your mental health nursing courses online, part-time to fit study into your life and career goals.

Further study

After completing the Graduate Diploma of Nursing, there is the option to take the credit from your completed courses and continue to complete the Master of Nursing.

Career outcomes

  • Study mental health nursing and work as part of an interdisciplinary team of health professionals supporting patients and their families. 
  • Graduates can choose to practice in varying work settings, such as in a private health facility, public hospital or in the community.

Entry requirements

  • Completed a 3-year bachelor degree in the area of nursing from an Australian university, or equivalent.
  • Hold a current Professional Registration as a Division 1 nurse, or equivalent, with either Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or relevant regulatory body in applicant's home country. 

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 8 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied

  • 2 x core courses - 2 Units
  • 6  x specialisation or approved courses - 6 Units

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode

  • Commonwealth supported  - AUD 3950
  • Domestic full fee paying  - AUD 23440
Graduate Diploma of Nursing Specialisation Mental Health
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
2 years part-time
End Date
Price Details
Domestic full fee paying - AUD 23440 / Commonwealth supported - AUD 3950
Domestic full fee paying - AUD 23440 / Commonwealth supported - AUD 3950
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