Master of Mental Health Nursing

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

Program Description

Master of Mental Health Nursing

The University of Newcastle, GradSchool (Online)

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.

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 your progress as a mental health nurse.

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.


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.

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

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2017
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This course is Online
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Feb. 2018
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Australia - Newcastle, New South Wales
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