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Program Code 12197
Graduate Level Postgraduate
Locations
  • Online
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Mode of delivery Online with some face to face elements for selected courses.
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Description

The Master of Mental Health Nursing is an AQF level 9 Masters program and is intended for Registered Nurses wishing to undertake a specialist qualification in Mental Health Nursing. The focus of the program is on advanced clinical practice in an area of mental health service provision. The program provides opportunities to study issues and topics of particular interest such as dual diagnosis, psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions, forensic management and legal aspects of mental health care, mental health care for older people, illness management and recovery and mental health in primary care. Upon completion of this program of study, you will be able to assess health status and formulate, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with stakeholders; promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations; retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities; deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare; reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.

Why study with us?

The career development prospects for this exciting specialist field of nursing are excellent. The focus of the Master of Mental Health Nursing program is on clinical practice in an area of mental health service provision. The program provides opportunities to study issues and topics of particular interest such as dual diagnosis, psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions, forensic management and legal aspects of mental health care, mental health care for older people, illness management and recovery and mental health in primary care. Upon completion of this program of study, you will be able to assess health status and formulate, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with stakeholders; promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations; retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities; deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare; reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.

Career Opportunities

Mental health nurses work in a wide variety of primary, secondary and tertiary service locations, in both the public and private sectors. The discipline is rapidly developing with new models of care being developed in areas such as rural and remote mental health, perinatal, child, adolescent and family mental health, consultation and liaison in emergency departments, Aboriginal health care transcultural mental health within culturally and linguistically diverse communities, forensic and corrections health care, and mental health nursing in primary care (general practice).

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) entry levels:

  • AQF Level 8 applicants will possess a Bachelor of Nursing degree and Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or related studies
  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority
  • AQF Level 7 applicants will possess a Bachelor of Nursing degree with a minimum of 3 years continuous practice within a specialist area of nursing
  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority
  • Provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a specialist area of nursing and related professional areas.

  • AQF Level 6 applicants will possess an Advanced Diploma (hospital based training equivalent) with a minimum of 8> years-experience

  • Currently hold a practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority o* Provide a portfolio demonstrating advanced continuing professional development and education in a specialist area of nursing and related professional areas.

Selection Criteria

Currently employed in mental health position, or able to access this type of position for the purposes of undertaking the program.

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.

Practical Experience

Students undertaking the Master of Mental Health Nursing must be currently employed in a mental health position, or able to access a mental health clinical setting for the purposes of undertaking the program. This position must be meet the program requirements as stated above.

Professional Accreditation

The University of Newcastle has designed the Master of Mental Health Nursing to enable you to be eligible for employment as registered nurses in mental health nursing positions with capacity for you to undertake advanced nursing level roles. Graduates of the program are eligible to seek to be credentialed as mental health nurses under the Credentialing for Practice Program of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

International Students

The program will be available to international students studying off-shore.

Two courses will have provision for intensive, on-site workshops. International students will not be eligible to enrol in these courses and are advised to check the requirements for all courses before enrolling.

Special Needs

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Ssupport Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.

Requirements and Structure

Qualification for the award of Master of Mental Health Nursing (MMHN) requires successful completion of 80 units of course work undertaken over 1.5 to 2 years part time.  All students undertake 30 units of Core Courses at the commencement of the program, followed by 50 units of Directed Courses. Participants must be able to negotiate an ongoing arrangement for mentoring/clinical supervision by a suitably qualified and experienced registered nurse, allied health professional practicing specifically in the area of provision of mental health services or medical practitioner. If not employed in a mental health position, you must be able to negotiate such access as required to complete the program.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6061 Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
Directed Courses
Code Name Availability Units
Choose 50 units from the Directed Course list to fulfil the requirements of this program.
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool)
10 units
EPID6600 Research Protocol Design Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment Of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions
This course is not available to International students. This course contains a two day face to face residential component.
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6055 Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6085 Forensic Mental Health Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6095 Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment
This course is not available to International students. This course contains a five day face to face residential component.
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A
Only available to M Midwifery Studies; M. Nursing (NP); M. Applied Management (Nursing); M. Nursing (AP); M. Mental Health Nursing students.
Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B
Only available to M Midwifery Studies; M. Nursing (NP); M. Applied Management (Nursing); M. Nursing (AP); M. Mental Health Nursing students. Prior to successful completion of NURS6621
Trimester 3 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2015 (GradSchool) 10 units