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Diploma of Mental Health


Mental health is arguably one of the most critical and dynamic areas of public health across the world. It is an integral and essential component of health. The World Health Organisation states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315 equips graduates with the skills to support their client’s holistic health and an overall state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. With more than one in five people suffering a mental health illness at some point in their lives, well trained Mental Health professionals are essential for a healthy community.

Mental health students are trained across service delivery areas – including prevention, planning, delivery and treatment, recovery and evaluation. There is a strong emphasis on working with diverse cultures and communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mental Health professionals are typically employed in a range of settings including schools, medical centres, outreach services. hospitals, shelters, community service providers, educational institutions, prisons and long term residential facilities.

Pathways into mental health as a career include vocational training and tertiary qualifications. Students who complete this qualification may be eligible for entry into higher education course in areas such as Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, Human Services and Applied Public Health. VET Pathways include Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management CHC62015.

The Diploma of Mental Health CHC53315 offers graduates a variety of employment opportunities within the health, human and community services sectors. These may include Welfare Support Workers and Mental Health Outreach Support Workers, Community Engagement Workers and other Rehabilitation Workers within the sector.

Direct entry into the Diploma is available to eligible applicants.

For other important information, please read our 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 $16,077 applies to this course.


This course includes a minimum of 160 hours of industry placement, typically performed on a part-time basis during the course.


May, July & October Intakes 

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 Diploma study at EQUALS requires:

Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or
Completion of a Certificate III or equivalent; or
Mature Age Entry

Applicants who have completed previous study in Community Services or Health areas will be well regarded.

Current and valid Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Children, with Vulnerable People and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this course.

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.

Current First Aid certification may be a requirement for industry placement; this is at the discretion of the industry host.


Please view the English requirements for international students on this page.


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

Elective Units offered by EQUALS

  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
  • CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

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

  • Work Ready Co-Contribution Fee: $495
  • Job Trainer Co-Contribution Fee: $495
  • Fee for Service: $8,995

  • Amenities Fee: $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

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

  • Qual Code: CHC53315

  • RPL: Yes

  • VET Student Loans Eligible: Yes

  • VET Student Loan Cap: $16,077
  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): 12,950

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

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

  • Qual Code: CHC53315

  • CRICOS Course Code: 093202J

  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
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