Diploma of Mental Health

The Diploma of Mental Health is tailored for individuals seeking to provide comprehensive services to clients dealing with mental health issues. As a mental health worker, your role will encompass providing counselling, referrals, advocacy, and education/health promotion services.

This program equips you with the specialised knowledge, skills, and competencies required for this role, including an in-depth understanding of mental health laws, the wide range of available services, and health-related issues associated with mental health. You’ll become well-versed in providing essential support to individuals facing mental health challenges.

To earn this qualification, you’ll complete a mandatory 160-hour work placement, giving you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a real-world setting.

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

No formal prerequisites are necessary for enrolling in this course. However, it is expected that candidates possess sound English reading and writing skills. Additionally, students must have access to a computer, the internet, and an active email address. Proficiency in computer usage and typing is essential for the successful completion of assignments. Learners must also be at least 18 years of age when commencing study.

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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