Diploma of Mental Health

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.

These 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.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must complete mandatory 160-hour work placement.

Course Details

Course Name

Diploma of Mental Health

Course Code



12 months


20 units

Course Fee


Units of Competency

To achieve this qualification, 20 units of competency must be completed comprising of 15 core units and 5 elective units.

Course Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, learners studying this qualification must have sound communication skills and can demonstrate they have the skill level and competency to undertake this training. Learners must also be at least 18 years of age when commencing study.

Learners must have access to a computer or tablet throughout the duration of this course and a stable internet connection to access our learning management system. Other software requirements include:

  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Microphone, smartphone or tablet to record audio

Due to the nature of employment outcomes and working in the community services sector, you must obtain a National Police Clearance prior to commencing your study.

Duration and Structure

The course duration is 12 months and self-paced, with access to our online Learning Management System. You will
be assigned a trainer/assessor who will assist throughout your course completion.

Assessment methods include:

  • Short answer questions/written responses
  • Demonstrations/observations
  • Written assessments
  • Third-party reports
  • Practical activity/projects

There is also a mandatory 160-hour work placement required for this qualification. Please speak to a Westbourne representative to discuss provider options.

Potential Careers

Potential job roles on completion of this program include:

  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Support Facilitator (Community Services)
  • Family Support Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Intervention Worker

Course Fees


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you qualify for RPL?

Core Units

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships*
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services*
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services*
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity*
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety*

*These units of competency must be partially delivered and assessed in a community care/health setting, which
provides access to clients with mental health problems.


Elective Units

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Why Choose Westbourne?

Westbourne is one of Australia’s leading training providers for individuals, businesses, community groups and Government with a record of success in designing and delivering nationally recognised training qualifications.

Westbourne College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #41084).

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