Accredited Post Graduate Mental Health Nursing programs

The following postgraduate mental health nursing university courses can be recommended by the ACMHN as having met the standards for the profession and the criteria required in the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education.


FULLY ACCREDITED - Expires December 2021



Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing)

Master in Mental Health (Nursing)

ACU’s fully online Mental Health Nursing programs for registered nurses have been developed specifically for clinicians entering into the specialist area of Mental Health and aim to develop in graduates, knowledge and skills at a specialist and advanced level. The Master in Mental Health Nursing aims to expand nursing clinicians’ knowledge and skills in mental health practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice enabling immediate application/translation in the workplace. Students have the option to pursue a project stream or a research stream within this course. As such, they may complete either a project and two elective subjects, or complete a research dissertation in their final semester.

Our mental health nursing programs offer:

• opportunities for nurses who are already working in a mental health service, but have no formal postgraduate mental health qualification
• a shift in focus from acute inpatient treatment to recovery orientated and trauma-informed care philosophy and content
• a specified unit in cognitive behavioural therapy
• professional development opportunities to keep pace with changes to mental health legislation, policy and service delivery
• articulation between the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s programs
• opportunities to build the required knowledge, skills, and competencies for the workforce
• preparation to respond to the needs of consumers and carers alike.

For further details contact: Dr Louise Alexander This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accredited: 19 February 2016 -  19 December 2021


FULLY ACCREDITED- Expires December 2022

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Southern Cross University 

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health (Nursing)
Master of Mental Health (Nursing)

Study a mental health nursing degree 100% online with Southern Cross University’s internationally recognised School of Health and Human Sciences.

Our postgraduate courses are designed for registered nurses who would like to develop an advanced level of knowledge to effectively respond to people experiencing mental health challenges.

Students will access current and clinically relevant, evidence-based coursework through a responsive and interactive learning environment. It’s also the first postgraduate program of its kind, developed against the latest industry standards.

Please contact Dr Richard Lakeman for details: 

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Please note: Provisional Accreditation is awarded to a university that has developed a NEW course which meets all of the accreditation criteria, but have not yet been able to provide evidence of graduate outcomes. Evidence of graduate outcomes will be provided to the ACMHN once the first cohort graduate and the identified courses are able to move from provisional to fully accredited. 

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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Master of Mental Health Nursing

Our suite of courses have been developed in consultation with consumers, carers and practising mental health nurses.

The courses are grounded in recovery and are offered in online learning mode so that you can study during your own time.

Authentic learning tasks ensure you are challenged to apply theory learned to clinical practice and can confidently demonstrate to employers that you are safe, competent practitioners.

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