Quality Assurance : As a registered training organisation (RTO) Hammond Institute operates within the Vocational Education and Training Quality Framework (VETQF) and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) delivering nationally recognised qualifications and units of competency.
Duration: 14 Months
Delivery Mode: Workplace / Traineeship, Blended
Start Date: Enrol Anytime
Recognition: Nationally Recognised Training
Diploma of Mental Health reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.
Some of the career pathways after completing Diploma of Mental Health:
- Support Worker
- Intake Officer
- Carer Peer Worker
- Disability Support Worker
- Youth Mental Health Worker
- Recovery and Rehabilitation Worker
- Wellbeing Consultant
- Mental Health Case Manager
Students must satisfy the following age, English and other requirements:
- Age: must be 18 years or over
- Undertake Pre Training Review
- Undertake an LLN test: Learning (ACSF Level 4), reading (ACSF Level 3), writing (ACSF Level 3), oral communication (ACSF Level 3) and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course.
- Student complete separate digital literacy test to identify their level of digital literacy.
- Every case will be reviewed separately in order to determine the student’s ability to fulfil the requirements of the course.
Skills First Funding for this course is exclusively accessible through traineeship.
For a full list of fees, please refer to our Statement of Fees.
To be eligible for Victorian government subsidised training fees, the candidate must meet the Skills First eligibility criteria.
To check your eligibility, contact us at 03 8370 3170 or 0435 334 552
The range of delivery methods may include, but not limited to the following:
- lectures / Instructions
- demonstrations and modelling
- practice opportunities
- brainstorming activities
- group discussions
- guided facilitation of individual or group learning activities, group work or project-based case studies
- Delivery structure is comprised of classroom training sessions, structured learning such as training support, learning activities, self-paced (to allow the learners to absorb and reflect on their learning), workshops and work placement.
- The unit of competency will be delivered and assessed as stand-alone unit.
- Virtual classroom (Microsoft Teams)
- Dandenong (Level 1, 243 Lonsdale Str., Dandenong 3175 VIC)
- Werribee (Suite 20, 2-14 Station Pl., Werribee 3030 VIC)
Additional locations may be allocated to meet a group of learner cohort’s needs and based on demand (if practicable for the RTO)
Assessment method for Mental Health may include:
- Knowledge Questions
- Written Assignment & Case studies
- Workplace Assessment
- Log Book
- Projects / Research Reviews
All assessment will be conducted in accordance with the Training Package requirements, Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence (https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards/chapter-4/clauses-1.8-1.12)
The purpose of the placement is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical setting and to develop the necessary skills and attributes to work in the sector.
To achieve the Diploma of Mental Health qualification candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work placement as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency.
If a student is unable to find an appropriate work placement, Hammond Institute will assist in finding the work placement.
Able to obtain the following security checks prior to the start of work placement:
- Valid Police Checks (with no disclosures)
- Valid Working with the Children Check
It is important for students to remember that the placement component of the course is an integral part of their learning journey and will provide valuable experience and networking opportunities in the sector.
Diploma of Mental Health requires 20 units of Competency.
- 15 core units
- 5 elective units.
|Provide systems advocacy services
|Work with diverse people
|Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
|Establish self-directed recovery relationships
|Provide recovery oriented mental health services
|Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
|Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
|Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
|Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
|Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
|Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
|Implement trauma informed care
|Research and apply evidence to practice
|Reflect on and improve own professional practice
|Manage work health and safety
Industry Suggested Electives:
|Develop workplace communication strategies
|Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
|Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
|Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
|Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.
Other Electives options are available. Discuss options with the course coordinator.
Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment.