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Diploma of
Nursing (Mental Health)


This qualification equips existing Enrolled Nurses with advanced clinical skills, management and leadership competencies, research skills and additional knowledge in the area of client management, assessment, and care.

Nurses enjoy a supportive learning environment where care and attention is given to their individual and work needs. Training sessions are supported by blended and online learning methods in this qualification for professional Nurses.

This program may provide university credit of 12 or more months (with the Diploma of Nursing program). Please check with the higher learning institution regarding eligibility for credits.

For other important information, please read our Pre-admission Student Handbook. You can access it here.
Alternatively, you may request to have the handbook emailed to you by contacting


Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount. Students will need to contribute the difference if the total course fee exceeds the loan cap for a course. A loan cap of $15,793 applies to this program.

All participants in the Advanced Diploma of Nursing are currently employed as ENs in Australia and EQUALS therefore anticipates that workplaces will work together with EQUALS Professional Practice coordinators and students to facilitate on-the-job learning opportunities. EQUALS will liaise with workplaces and students to determine a facilitation program for workplace assessment as per unit of competency requirements.

Where students do not have access to an appropriate workplace context for demonstration of Advanced Nursing skills (e.g. in mental health nursing), EQUALS will liaise with the student to arrange a part time professional practice placement host to facilitate learning and assessment.


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Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.

Entry to this qualification is restricted to applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently working in Australia as an enrolled nurse and hold current registration as an enrolled nurse without notation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Overseas Health Insurance: International students are required to hold cover for the duration of the course.

An entry health & skills questionnaire and interview may be required prior to enrolment.

Current and valid Provide First Aid certificate, Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Check for working with vulnerable people, children, and in the Aged Care sector, plus Physical Fitness are required for this program.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of placement host facilities.

Core Units

  • HLTENN020 Conduct clinical assessments
  • HLTENN033 Research and report on nursing trends and practice
  • HLTENN034 Contribute to the improvement of clinical practice

Elective Units

  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
  • HLTENN031 Apply nursing practice in contemporary mental health care settings
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSM002 Implement case management practice
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
  • Please note the above units are subject to change without notice

Subsidised by the Government of South Australia for eligible participants.  Eligibility and subsidy criteria applies.  Check your eligibility at

  • Co-Contribution Fee: $2,480
  • Fee for Service: $6,500
  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295
  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks
  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination)
  • Intakes: Contact us for information
  • Qual Code: HLT64115
  • RPL: Yes
  • VET Student Loans Eligible: Yes
  • VET Student Loan Cap: $15,793
  • Resources Required: Yes             
  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $12,950

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: 12 months

  • Study Mode: On Campus,
    Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: HLT64115

  • CRICOS Course Code: 093205F
  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current

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