Master of Mental Health Nursing

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Helping people make changes that improves their live can be exciting and rewarding particularly working with vulnerable and marginalized people. It takes a special person to dedicate themselves to the health and wellbeing of others. Particularly some of society’s most vulnerable or marginalised. The necessary skill set is not easy to come by - you have unique capabilities to meet a diverse range of clinical and healthcare support needs. This makes you an ideal candidate for a Master of Mental Health Nursing from the University of Newcastle. Mental Health Nursing is rewarding as it is challenging; your work as a mental health nurse will play a significant role in supportingtreating people who need individualised, personrecovery-centred care for their recoveryto achieve sustainable wellness.

You’re an effective communicator, a results-driven and evidence-based health care provider. You have a gift for understanding the human condition and the mental illnesses that present significant lifestyle, developmental and social challenges to individuals at single or continuous points in their life – young or old.

Mental health nursing delivers a number of crucial services that can positively affect the person’spatient journey, including:

  • identifying the person’s goals and the 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
  • providing talking therapies
  • educating and counselling

With these study options and more available to you, there has never been a better time to attain the Master of Mental Health Nursing with University of Newcastle.

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.

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  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

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12197

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Program Intake
  • Trimester 1
  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
Location

Online

Tuition Fees
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Note: Fees are indicative and may be subject to annual increase. Overall program fee may vary based on course selection.

Please click here to view the indicative one year program fees.

Number of Courses
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Note: 1 course is equal to 10 units of study.

8
Program Code

12197

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Course Overview

One in four Australians will experience mental illness at some point in their life. Mental health is a growing health care and social issue across all cultures and economies. Yet it is reassuring to know is that mental health expertise is continuing to develop, and new models of care are being established to meet the specific needs of these peoplepatients. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be in an excellent position to contribute your advanced nursing skills in response to this increasing healthcare issue.

Helping people deal with the challenges associated with managing a mental health issue can be a very rewarding career. A Master of Mental Health Nursing will expose you to the latest and emerging models of care. You will be equipped to deliver meaningful, person-centred care.

The Master of Mental Health Nursing has been designed by clinical experts in the field of mental health and they will provide you with the knowledge, theories and applicable skills to provide meaningful, contemporary mental health nursing and clinical practice.

Our advanced online learning systems provide students with ultimate flexibility and support to study anytime, anywhere to achieve the balance of work, life and study.

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Mental Health Nursing degree can be undertaken with full flexibility. We enable our higher degree students to stay embedded in the workplace as you achieve higher learning and increase your capacity as you continue to practice in nursing. There’s no need to step out of the workforce to achieve your goals, combine work with study when and where fits you best.

How Will You Learn

To deliver purposeful contemporary therapies in mental health you need to be a highly-specialised clinical practitioner with unique skills in person-centered models of care.

The University of Newcastle approach is one of distinction and excellence, equipping our graduates with specialised knowledge, developed through your ongoing engagement with expert mental health clinicians throughout your studies. The Master of Mental Health Nursing places emphasis on the foundation principles in mental health nursing, and will also on strengthen your specialised clinical practice in areas like:

  • 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 is provided through our tailored course material and practical participation in mental health emergency care, managing challenging behaviours, therapeutic engagement and psychosocial interventions, aged and acute care, forensic mental health and symptom management in clinical practice.

To successfully complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing, UON will establish you with ongoing mentoring and clinical supervision arrangement with our network of experienced mental health nurses. You will participate in a variety of mental health facilities and environments, ensuring that on completing your postgraduate studies, you are primed to meet the needs of the workforce as well as patients by learning on the job. Backed by UON’s exemplary coursework and learning environment, you’ll be ready to make all the difference.

Where Will It Take You?

Get ready to help people make huge gainspositive changes in their life and improve their sense of wellbeing. Evidence suggests society is really beginning to understand how important strong good mental health is.

Take up a challenging and a rewarding career that few of your peers or friends could ever imagine. They don’t even realise how in-demand you will be. You’ll be an integral part of the health service in this growing area of healthcare. With postgraduate mental health nurse studies under your belt, as you achieve clinical excellence and help people on their path to recovery.

Get in front of a rapidly growing health service industry. Achieve the best with the University of Newcastle.

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The University of Newcastle’s application process is designed to be easy. Most of your application can be processed online, and for the rest, we are here to assist you to get yourself enrolled and ready to build yourself up to the next level as seamlessly as possible. Below is an overview of what is required and what should be uploaded as part of your application.

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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 40 units (2 or 3 courses, depending on Specialisation) and is a pathway into the Master.

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

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Courses and Details

Program Code 12197
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Online
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Combination of Online and Face to Face + Online
Program Plans

Description

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.

Admission Requirements

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 here.

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

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
EPID6420 Epidemiology A - Basic Methods Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6061 Contemporary Mental Health Nursing Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PUBH6210 Qualitative Methods in Health Research Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed courses.

Code Name Availability Units
BIOS6910 Biostatistics A Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2017 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6130 Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6145 Motivating Health Behaviour Change Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6160 Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6295 Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
MEDI6400 Mental Health Emergency Care Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6018 Acute Nursing Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6020 Emergency Nursing Semester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6021 Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology Semester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6022 Critical Care Nursing Not currently offered 20 units
NURS6035 Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6055 Mental Health Nursing in Acute Care Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6070 Mental Health Nursing of Older People Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6085 Forensic Mental Health Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6095 Mental Health Nursing in Community Settings Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6450 Symptom Management in Clinical Practice Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6620 Biophysical Processes and Health Assessment Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
20 units
NURS6621 Contract Learning A Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6622 Contract Learning B Trimester 3 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 3 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6623 Leadership and Management in Practice Trimester 1 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 1 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
NURS6640 Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units
PHAR6701 Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics and Prescribing for Advanced Nursing Practice Trimester 2 - 2017 (GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2016 (GradSchool)
10 units

Additional Information

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate comprehensive and well founded knowledge of the discipline of mental health nursing
  • Displays effective written and/or oral communication skills within a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Demonstrate ability to apply advanced knowledge in mental health nursing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in mental health nursing and other health related areas
  • Demonstrates professional self-efficacy and leadership
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and safety
  • Displays respect for the community and the environment

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.

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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

International Students

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.

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.

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.

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