Diploma of Mental Health

Course code CHC53315
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 1.5 years
Campus Waverley
Study mode Full time
International course No
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  • Course Overview

    This course prepares you to provide services to clients in relation to mental health and wellbeing. It includes the knowledge and skills to provide person centred recovery, referral, advocacy, trauma informed practice and education/health promotion services.

    The skills that you acquire as part of this course will enable you to work in a wide range of mental health programs, including group facilitation for people with a mental illness, case management, support work and crisis support management.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 15 core units and 5 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from industry. If you have already completed other eligible elective units, these may be counted towards completion of this program.

    You will also be required to complete 160 hours of practical industry based placement.


    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, tests, and practical application projects.


    HLTWHS004Manage work health and safety
    CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
    CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
    CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
    CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships
    CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services
    CHCMHS010Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
    CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCADV005Provide systems advocacy services
    CHCPOL003Research and apply evidence in practice
    CHCMHS013Implement trauma informed care
    CHCMHS012Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
    CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention health prevention and promotion programs


    CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues
    CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCAOD008Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCMHS007Work effectively in trauma informed care
    CHCCOM006Establish and manage client relationships
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    • Mature age (at least 18 years of age)
    Please note for your practical industry placement you will be asked to obtain a:

    • Victoria Police Records Check
    • Working with Children Check

  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    After successfully completing this course, you will be eligible to receive the nationally endorsed CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health.


    Students who have successfully completed the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health have the option to complete an additional semester to gain the CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs qualification*

    *Please note for classes to commence in this additional CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs option there must be a minimum number of enrolments.

    Career Opportunities

    • Community support worker
    • Mental health community worker
    • Mental health outreach worker
    • Mental health support worker
    • Case management
    • Group facilitation
  • How to Apply


    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Social Science Department
    03 9564 6320


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

    Holmesglen TAFE
    Holmesglen TAFE CHC53315

    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$3550
    Full Fee$7150

    Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire program.

    These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.

Mental Health Open Days

  • 21Jun
    Leisure and Health

    Design, implement and evaluate leisure and health activities. This session will provide you information about our course and how we can support you to be successful as an activities coordinator in a range of settings.

    Visit us on Open Day for a presentation and short activity, presented by our experienced trainers, highlighting industry placement opportunities and future pathways.

    The session starts promptly at 4pm.

    - , Thu 21 Jun - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road, Chadstone, Vic Australia

  • 21Jun
    Mental Health

    Attend our information sessions to learn more about our suite of courses in the mental health and alcohol and other drug areas offered at Holmesglen. Our information sessions will be facilitated by a Social Science teacher and each session will cover:

    - Application process

    - Contact hours for each of the different course options

    - Course structures available for our Certificate IV and Diploma

    - Career opportunities

    Attendees will also have time to ask questions and speak with a Social Science teacher 1 on 1.

    We'll also be accepting applications on the night so you can apply on the spot for our upcoming intake.

    This session will cover our Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, and our Diploma of Mental Health.

    - , Thu 21 Jun - bookings essential.

    Holmesglen Waverley Campus, 595 Waverley Road, Glen Waverley, Vic Australia