Making the move into the specialised field of mental health nursing can help you develop a rewarding and challenging career. As a mental health nurse, you work with people who suffer from a wide range of mental health disorders and psychological distress.
Designed to equip you with the latest research and theory in contemporary mental health nursing and clinical practice, the Master of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle will build your knowledge in key areas of nursing and health. At the end of your studies you will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.
As this area of expertise continues to develop, new models of care are established. A postgraduate qualification will equip you with the latest models of care. This program is particularly suited to those looking to specialise in the area of mental health and is delivered predominantly online.
With one in four Australians with a mental health problem, there is increasing demand for skilled nurses. Helping people deal with the challenges associated with managing mental health issues can provide a very rewarding career as you work to help patients manage their illness and medication, set and achieve life goals and care for their wellbeing.
Our advanced online learning system provides you with the flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to balance work, life and study. You can work towards completing the Master of Mental Health Nursing at a time that suits you.
Explore this page and find out if the Master of Mental Health Nursing is for you, what you will study and the career opportunities it can provide you.
Clinical Supervision Requirement
Clinical Supervision is a core component of contemporary professional mental health nursing practice and central to practicing within the ACMHN Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses: 2010.
Applicants for the Master of Mental Health Nursing program must be currently employed in a mental health position, or able to access this type of position for the purposes of accessing relevant clinical experiences.
Students must be able to provide evidence that they have a formal clinical supervision agreement in place at the time of applying for admission. Throughout the Master of Mental Health Nursing program, students will be required to reflect on their experience and utilisation of clinical supervision, and this reflection will form part of formal assessment items.
Students must provide the following supervision documents at the time of application:
Students should also review the additional information on the importance of clinical supervision, which has been prepared by the Master of Mental Health Nursing program convenor (Dr Rachel Rossiter).