Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

Course overview

  • 2 years part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health gives you access to expert knowledge and the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised and rapidly-evolving area of mental health.

Developed in close consultation with Orygen – a global leader of research in the field – this course provides a comprehensive understanding of development in young people. You will discuss the impacts of psychotic, non-psychotic, behavioural and mood disorders, learn learn best-practice engagement, assessment and intervention approaches and enhance your existing abilities when working with young people in a therapeutic or clinical context.

The course is valuable for healthcare professionals working in a range of clinical and community settings. You will learn alongside a diverse group of peers while gaining insights relevant to your own practice.

Delivered online, this two year, part-time course provides the flexibility and support needed for busy professionals to fit study around existing work commitments.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for health professionals and teachers working across a range of community and clinical settings who are looking to enhance or focus their skills and capacity to work with young people in creative ways. It's of particular relevance to:

  • Psychiatrists
  • General practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Youth workers
  • Teachers.

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

Orygen estimates that one million young Australians experience mental ill-health and there is high demand for skilled practitioners to meet this need. The course is designed to strengthen the mental health workforce nationally and internationally. As a graduate, you will be well-placed to pursue career opportunities in the field and be able to make a difference to the lives and outcomes of young people.


The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health is part of a suite of related courses. It’s easy to turn a Graduate Certificate into a Masters, or to enrol in a Masters and leave with a Graduate Diploma.

You may also be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Managing Youth Self-Harm and Suicide.