Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January, Autumn Intake - April, Winter Intake - June, and Spring Intake - September


The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice is designed to extend your nursing knowledge and develop depth and complexity in your understanding of mental health.

Created in response to the growing need for specialist nurses with excellence in mental health, this entirely online course is based on the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for current AHPRA Registered Nurses looking to specialise in mental health nursing. The Department of Nursing at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences has prioritised the development of a mental health nursing curriculum to support workforce demands and lead postgraduate mental health nursing.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.

Course aims

This course gives students the opportunity to focus on specialties in aged mental health, first episode psychosis, child or youth mental health, or acute/adult mental health nursing. It is relevant to current practice and prepares you for a fulfilling career as a specialist mental health nurse.


Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing Practice have the opportunity to progress into the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.