Overview

Master of Mental Health Nursing

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 support the recovery of people who suffer from a wide range of mental health disorders and emotional 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 credentialing 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 and emerging 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 their mental health can provide a very rewarding career.

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.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The average course and programs costs listed on this page are the tuition costs for full fee paying students. Students with a graduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) pay a contribution towards the cost of their postgraduate education. The Australian Government pays the balance of the tuition costs.

Details of student contributions for CSP places are provided by the University of Newcastle Students Financials and Scholarships unit.

Is it for you?

If you are a registered nurse looking to specialise in mental health care, the Master of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Newcastle will provide you with the theoretical foundation and clinical knowledge and skills to see you succeed.

As an effective therapist, communicator and team player wanting to better understand the human experience, the Master of Mental Health Nursing may be the program for you.

As a dedicated and passionate mental health nurse you will work with people who are living with mental illness including anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders and psychosis. You will undertake a number of pivotal services such as:

  • identifying the persons goals and interventions required to achieve them
  • contributing to recovery plans and conferences
  • assessing mental health status and providing support and information to patients’ families and carers
  • provide talking therapies
  • educating, counselling

The University of Newcastle has developed a program offering you a quality clinically focused education that can see you progress as a mental health nurse.

For more information on what you will study throughout this advanced program, visit the ‘Study’ tab.

Career Pathways

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Mental Health Nursing will qualify you to work independently and collaboratively with a range of other health professionals, in a variety of settings including general and psychiatric hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, home healthcare services, community mental health agencies, primary care and private practice.

A career as a mental health nurse can be a very satisfying. With an increasing demand for qualified and experienced people in this field, long term employment and career progression will be possible in areas such as rural mental health, child and adolescent mental health, mental health nursing in emergency departments, forensic mental health and mental health nursing in primary care (general practice). You will be responsible for undertaking activities including mental health promotion and screening, prevention, teaching, specialist counselling and psychotherapy, medication management.

For more detailed information on eligibility, courses and requirements of the Master of Mental Health Nursing visit the ‘Details’ tab.

Specialisations

This year long course (full-time) will see you emerge as a well-rounded nurse in the area of mental health, with the ability to apply your knowledge and skills in a variety of settings in the public or private sector.

To successfully complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing, you must undertake an ongoing arrangement for mentoring/clinical supervision by a suitably qualified and experienced mental health nurse.

The program not only focuses on foundation studies in mental health nursing, but offers you the opportunity to strengthen your clinical practice in areas such as:

  • talking therapies
  • the delivery of psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions
  • mental health care for older people
  • illness management and recovery
  • mental health in primary care
  • forensic mental health.

All of this can be studied via specialised courses such as mental health emergency care, managing challenging behaviour, therapeutic engagement and psychosocial interventions, aged and acute care, forensic mental health and symptom management in clinical practice.

The program has been developed to provide you with a balanced and effective theoretical and practical knowledge applicable to real world environments and situations.

To find out more about where the Master of Mental Health Nursing can lead you, visit the 'Careers' tab.

Get Started

Applying to the University of Newcastle has never been easier! For most programs, you can complete an easy, online application form. Applying only takes around 10 minutes, and there is no fee for direct applications. You can upload all of your certified supporting documentation online. Below is an overview of what is required. You should prepare any required documentation before commencing the online application. If you have questions about the application process or the requirements for your program, please contact us. When you are ready, begin your application. 

Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; are eligible for admission to the Master of Mental Health Nursing and should ensure that certified copies of academic transcripts are included with their application.

If you have a completed Bachelor of Nursing, and are yet to complete postgraduate study, please ensure that certified copies of undergraduate academic transcripts are included with your application. You must also provide details of a minimum of one year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae)

If you are a hospital trained nurse, please provide details of a minimum of eight year's experience (documented in a professional curriculum vitae).

PLEASE NOTE: All applications for recognition of prior learning based on experience and professional development will be assessed by the program convenor. The information outlined above is indicative only.

All applicants must provide a copy practicing certificate with an authorised registration authority. Applicants must be currently employed in mental health position, or able to access this type of position for the purposes of undertaking the program, and are required to provide a detailed CV.

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Clinical Supervision is a core component of contemporary professional mental health nursing practice. 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 be able to negotiate an ongoing arrangement for clinical supervision by a Masters level qualified and experienced advanced practice mental health nurse, an allied health professional, or a medical practitioner practicing specifically in the area of provision of mental health services.

All applicants must provide a Clinical Supervision Agreement (see page 5) and a CV for their nominated supervisor.

If you do not have a University of Newcastle Student Identification number, or wish to include details of studies completed at another institution, you may also be required to submit the following:

Identification Documents

If you do not already have a University of Newcastle Student Number, you must provide 100 points of ID.  You must supply either a copy of your passport, birth certificate or you citizenship certificate as part of your 100 points.

70 Points Passport
Birth Certificate (not extract)
Citizenship Certificate
40 Points Current Australian Drivers Licence
Student Identification card issued by an educational institution
Pension or Government Health Care Card or Public Service ID Card
Government Issued Licence (eg boat, pilot)
University staff photo identification card
35 Points Letter from a current employer * Must be on official company letterhead and contain both the employer and employee’s signatures and the name and address of the employee
25 Points Medicare card / Credit card
Financial institution cash card or passbook
Council rates notice
Electricity, gas or telephone bill
2 Tax assessment notice
Foreign Driver's Licence
Membership card (e.g. club, union, trade/professional body, library, video library)
Rental receipt or statement from landlord or real estate agent
Marriage certificate
Divorce decree
Name and address verified from electoral role
Deed Poll registered with the relevant authority

Citizenship and Visa Details

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Applicants who were born overseas and are now residing in Australia will need to provide details of their citizenship, residency and visa details.

  • If you were born overseas and have gained Australian citizenship, you will need to provide a certified copy of your Australian passport or citizenship certificate.
  • If you were born overseas and currently hold an Australian visa, you need to confirm your details of your visa type/class, and provide a copy of your visa. Depending on how your visa was issued, you may provide a copy of the page from your passport showing the visa stamp, or a copy of the Department of Immigration confirmation of your electronic visa. If you do not have access to either of these documents, please include a copy of your passport.

Educational Qualifications

If you are applying for admission on the basis of studies completed at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, you will need to provide certified copies of official transcripts.

For each qualification that you list on your application, you must provide a certified copy of your transcript.

Overseas educational qualifications will be assessed for equivalence according to standards provided by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition.

Evidence of English Proficiency

All applicants, whether domestic or international, for admission to any University of Newcastle program must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. Applicants should review the University of Newcastle English Proficiency Policy

Typically, applicants will provide certified copies of one of the following documents:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken overseas in an English Speaking country
  • Evidence of previous studies undertaken in English in a non-English speaking country, and confirmation from institution that studies were conducted and examined solely in the English language.

If you are not able to provide these documents, please provide details of any employment undertaken in an English speaking environment. Your application will be reviewed and we contact you regarding your options for demonstrating English proficiency”.

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