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CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

Completing a Diploma of Mental Health can open doors to a profoundly rewarding career supporting clients on their uniquely personal recovery journey following a diagnosis of mental illness or of a mental health issue. Achieving a Diploma of Mental Health prepares you to work with your clients in a collaborative manner to assist them to achieve a full and satisfying lifestyle. The role of a Mental Health professional, though challenging at times, can also be immensely rewarding.

At the Australian Institute of Higher and Further Education (AIHFE) we offer the Diploma of Mental Health in a virtual classroom which gives you the flexibility of studying from the comfort and convenience of your home or office. If you learn better when you interact with lecturers and fellow students but you can’t make it to the campus, this is for you!

This is a 12-month course with a structured timetable and online resources. Once enrolled you are given your log-in details. You can then log into your virtual classroom from wherever you are. You will be in a classroom where you can see your lecturer in real time, and you can also see other students’ comments in the chat box allowing you to ask questions and get your questions answered by your lecturers; all in real time.

You can participate in class discussion with the rest of the students and feel part of our virtual community. If you have an ADSL internet connection, a computer with a webcam and a microphone, you can study as a virtual campus student no matter where you live. We also record the entire session and provide you with the link so you can watch the video as often as you like within the term of enrolment in that unit.


The Diploma of Mental Health can set you on the path to a rewarding career supporting people with a variety of mental health issues. Our course facilitates theoretical and practical skill development and covers trauma, wellbeing, recovery, cultural diversity, and early intervention. Electives include units covering alcohol and other drugs (AOD), and loss and grief support. Diploma of Mental Health graduates will be eligible for provisional membership with the Australian Community Workers Association.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the course requires English proficiency to Year 12 level, or successful completion of a Certificate III level, or attaining an appropriate level in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test.

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The course is designed to be delivered over one year on a full-time basis requiring approximately 12 study hours of lecture time per week with the remainder of the week devoted to study, tutorials and forums. A two-week block at the campus is also scheduled into the program so role-plays can be undertaken with your classmates, as well as 160 hours of placement in a relevant organisation in your area to gain invaluable industry experience.

Virtual classroom sessions are recorded and archived for future reference for students. All lesson materials are provided, and tutors are assigned to respond to students’ questions. Supplementary live interactive tutorials will also be offered to support the learners and to ensure learners meet the required knowledge and skills. There are four terms per year. If you need any assistance for your study plan, please contact us.

Course Structure:

Term one:

DMD111 Diversity and culture

DMP112 Health promotion

DMW113 Assess wellbeing

DMH114 Work health and safety

Term Two:

DMM121 Recovery oriented mental health

DMR Evidence based practice

Term Three:

DMS131 Mental Health, Alcohol & Drugs

DMW133 Engaging in alcohol and drugs context 1

DMW133 Engaging in alcohol and drugs context 2

Term Four:

DMR Reflection and improvement

DMA142 Advocacy services

DMW143 Wellness plans

DMT144 Trauma and informed care

DML145 Loss and grief support

DMP146 Work Placement

To see the mapping of the unit of competency with AIHFE subjects Click here.



  • Your qualification is nationally recognized (Australia wide) through Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Monitored and regulated by Australian Skills Qualification Authority, the government regulator of the Vocational Education and Training Sector.
  • Approved by Department of Human Services to receive financial assistance for full-time eligible Australian students (Austudy/Abstudy).
  • Industry recognition which enables our students and graduates to apply for membership of professional bodies such as Australian Natural Therapists Association and other massage therapy associations.
  • Member of the Australian Council of Private Education and Training and fee protection for Australian students under their Tuition Assurance Scheme.