Courses & Details
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|Mode of delivery||Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online|
The Master of Mental Health Nursing 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 introduction of innovative models of care in the public and private sectors has resulted in high global demand for qualified mental health nurses. 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, forensic management and legal aspects of mental health care, psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions, mental health care for older people, illness management and recovery and mental health in primary care. The intention is to produce graduates who will be able to work effectively at an advanced nursing practice level as mental health nurses in any health care location.
The Master of Mental Health Nursing is accepted as demonstrating the academic level of achievement required to be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. The program accords students the opportunity to achieve the necessary academic and clinical skills to practice in an advanced nursing practice role in mental health nursing.
Offered predominantly online, this advanced program will develop your skills, theoretical knowledge and ability to apply this knowledge in professional settings, and to advance your career in a diverse range of mental health nursing roles.
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 [email protected].
Registered Nurse with Honours or a postgraduate qualification such as Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or a minimum of one year’s experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.
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 can only study this program online offshore.
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.
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.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
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.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|EPID6420||Epidemiology A - Basic Methods||
Semester 1 - 2016
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
|NURS6061||Contemporary Mental Health Nursing||Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|PUBH6210||Qualitative Methods in Health Research||
Trimester 1 - 2016
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Choose 50 units from the following directed courses.
Semester 1 - 2016
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
|MEDI6130||Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems||Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|MEDI6145||Motivating Health Behaviour Change||Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|MEDI6160||Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use||Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|MEDI6295||Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions||Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|MEDI6400||Mental Health Emergency Care||Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6018||Acute Nursing||Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||20 units|
|NURS6020||Emergency Nursing||Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||20 units|
|NURS6021||Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology||Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||20 units|
|NURS6022||Critical Care Nursing||Not currently offered||20 units|
|NURS6035||Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions||Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6055||Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care||Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6070||Mental Health Nursing of Older People||Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6085||Forensic Mental Health||Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6095||Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings||Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6450||Symptom Management in Clinical Practice||Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6620||Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment||Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)||20 units|
|NURS6621||Contract Learning A||Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6622||Contract Learning B||Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6623||Leadership and Management in Practice||Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|NURS6640||Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context||Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|
|PHAR6701||Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice||Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)||10 units|