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18 months
26400 AUD/year
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The Master of Mental Health Nursing at La Trobe University is a specialist postgraduate qualification, taught in English, open to suitable, successful nursing graduates.


The Master of Mental Health Nursing at La Trobe University is 1.5-years full-time or 2-3 years part-time, with 8 units of study and an exit option at a Graduate Diploma (6 units of study). The course aims to help you develop a deeper understanding of mental health, through systematic analysis and reflection on the relationships between theory and clinical practice. 

You will have the opportunity to exit at a diploma level with advanced specialist skills or complete the Master of Mental Health Nursing to attain a clinical consultancy level of practice. It also aims to provide in-depth knowledge and life-long learning skills required in contemporary mental health practice. The curriculum provides a strong evidence base and an advanced clinical practice component. Specialty modules enable you to undertake focused and advanced studies in your specific area of interest. You are also expected to undertake supervised and assessed clinical practice.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Career outcomes

  • Community mental health services
  • Senior mental health services positions
  • Public and private sector
  • Sessional work as lecturer practitioners

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Master of Mental Health Nursing may apply for membership with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Programme Structure

Subjects included:

  • Academic Integrity Module 
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment 
  • Experiences and Perceptions of Mental Illness 
  • Mental Health Diagnosis 
  • Therapeutic Skills  
  • Constructive Practice Recommendations

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • CRICOS Provider Code Number 00115M
  • Successful completion of an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).
  • Applicants must be a Division 1 Registered Nurse and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Specialisation - compulsory: Nursing

Tuition Fee

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    26400 AUD/year
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