Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is designed for registered nurses working in mental health settings. This course focuses on current clinical issues in mental health, as well as therapeutic skills and role development.
You will learn how to deal with a range of conditions across the variety of health care environments in which clients present with mental illnesses, mental disorders and psychological distress seeking specialist assessment and treatment. This programs provides registered nurses with the skills and attributes necessary to provide sophisticated, complex care to patients facing mental health conditions. It is designed for nurses who already have some experience of the mental health environment.
You may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline.
Inherent Requirements for Nursing courses
The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing may be completed over one year full-time or two years part-time. The course consists of 48 credit points of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the mental health nursing courses.
Further course information
Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to mental health nursing. Mental heath nurses are employed in hospitals, in patient and community settings, or independent practice.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing will hold:
(a) a pre-registration nursing degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
(b) a minimum of five years experience as a Registered Nurse; or
(c) completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
In addition to these requirements, admission to this course requires the applicant to be a registered nurse in Australia or overseas, and satisfy the English language proficiency requirements. Domestic applicants are required to be working primarily in the provision of care to people with mental health problems and international applicants are required to have a minimum of one year’s experience in Mental Health Nursing.
How to apply
How to apply
On-line applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Sydney Nursing School. Please note that late applications may be accepted.
Please scan and upload the following with your application:
(1) copies of academic transcripts or clinical qualifications/achievements;
(2) copies of any degrees or diplomas;
(3) copy of current authority to practise as a registered nurse from an Australian state or territory;
(4) Nursing employment experience (position, start and end dates, employer, FT, PT or casual)
(5) copy of your passport, birth certificate or citizenship certificate;
(6) copy of your marriage certificate or other appropriate documentation, if your name has changed;
(7) evidence of English proficiency (ie IELTS test results) if appropriate.
any other relevant documentation that you feel may support your application.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.