Master of Mental Health Nursing

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Overview

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.

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Program Intake
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  • Trimester 2
  • Trimester 3
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Program Code

12197

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International Student Program and Fee Summary
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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.

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

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Program Code

12197

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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.

What Will You Study

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 'Career Opportunities' tab.

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Career Opportunities

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.

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 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 at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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.

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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