University of Technology Sydney

C11333v1 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Mental Health (GradCertMentH)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: Online campus


This course is not offered to international students.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is an interdisciplinary course designed to support learners who wish to expand their knowledge and understanding in mental healthcare. Students develop skills and strategies in supporting people who are impacted by mental health issues, including consumers, their families, carers, and communities. The course provides the opportunity to share and reflect upon personal perspectives and experiences and critically examine their application to principles, frameworks and evidence that underlie contemporary mental health care. The course encourages students to apply their learning to their own professional practice contexts while working through authentic and engaging content and assessments that challenge them to develop their own evidence informed practice.

Education should be transformational, it is more than obtaining a qualification to meet a career goal, it is about putting the student, at the centre of their learning experience and inspire them through their life long journey of learning and enquiry. The courses employ a co-design approach which bring together content and learning design experts to create high engaging and high-quality learning experiences. Developed in consultation with industry stakeholders, national and international experts in the field, the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is contemporary and responsive, ensuring that graduates are well prepared to meet the current and future needs of the healthcare system.

Course aims

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health is designed to:

  • introduce students to contemporary understandings of recovery focused and trauma informed care, mental health, wellbeing, and mental health issues and their relationship to the provision of holistic and integrated healthcare.
  • afford students the opportunity to critically examine mental health care and leadership on an individual, team and organisational level.
  • enable students to synthesise evidence-based principles of quality and safety to achieve optimal health outcomes.
  • provide students the opportunity to explore world view differences and in particular, Indigenous Australians ways of knowing, being and doing while critically reflecting upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing.

Career options

Career options include clinical nurse specialist, education and leadership roles.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Are reflective critical thinkers who examine and contribute to practice, policy and research to achieve clinical excellence and enhance health outcomes
1.1 Identify, synthesise, evaluate and apply the best available evidence for translation into practice to achieve optimal health outcomes
1.2 Demonstrate comprehensive clinical judgement and clinical reasoning that is based on evidence and reflects relevant professional codes and guidelines
2.0 Are visionary, innovative and responsive leaders
2.1 Analyse approaches for building own capacity for leadership and that of the interdisciplinary health workforce and health care consumers
2.2 Demonstrates ability to collaborate and influence evidence-based change and transformation for achieving optimal health care outcomes
3.0 Are socially, culturally and ethically aware and accountable when engaging with health care consumers, families/significant others, interdisciplinary teams, communities, organisations and authorities
3.1 Justify and promote social justice principles to ensure efficient use of resources and equity of access to health care
3.2 Synthesise evidence-based principles of quality and safety to achieve optimal health outcomes
4.0 Communicate effectively and professionally in diverse and dynamic situations
4.1 Consistently adopt a respectful, empathic and person-centred approach that engages and empowers health care consumers and families/significant others
4.2 Demonstrate a high level of verbal, non-verbal, written, digital and other technological communication skills
5.0 Embody the professional qualities appropriate to the scope of their role
5.1 Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and ongoing professional development
5.2 Demonstrate compassionate, empathic, ethical and collaborative clinical practice
5.3 Practise and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and support personal and team wellbeing
6.0 Demonstrate professional cultural capability which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians
6.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Indigenous Australians ways of knowing, being and doing
6.2 Critically reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
6.3 Apply a strengths-based approach in addressing issues facing Indigenous Australians

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

The previous qualification must be in a health or society and culture related discipline, and applicants must have one year post registration clinical experience.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months online study, 1 x 6 credit point subject (or equivalent) per session over 4 x 7-week sessions.

Course structure

The course comprises 24 credit points, made up entirely of core subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91575 Mental Health stream 24cp
Total 24cp

Course program

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study and a possible study program.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

The Post-Graduate Nursing co-ordination team