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.

This program has been designed to equip you with the latest research and theory in contemporary mental health nursing and clinical practice as well as build your knowledge in key areas of nursing and health. As a mental health nurse, you support the recovery of people who suffer from a wide range of mental health disorders and emotional distress.

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. At the end of your studies you will be eligible to apply for accreditation with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

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.

Don’t have the required entry criteria for the Master of Mental Health Nursing? You may be eligible for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing. The Graduate Certificate is 4 courses and is a pathway into the Master. Once you have completed the Graduate Certificate you can apply for the Master of Mental Health Nursing and seek credit for the 4 courses you have already completed. 

For information regarding the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing, please visit the program page.

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