Hammond Institute

CHC53315 - Diploma of Mental Health

Duration:              14 Months

Delivery Mode:      Workplace / Traineeship, Online

Start Date:              Enrol Anytime

Recognition:           Nationally Recognised Training

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.

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.

  • Support Worker
  • Wellbeing Consultant
  • Mental Health Case Manager
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Youth Mental Health Worker

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

There are no requirements for entry into this course.

Please check the Admission Requirements.

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 the level of digital literacy.
  • Certificate III level or above or currently working in community sector.
Government Funded Fee* Government Funded Concession Fee** Application Fee**
$0 $0 $200

Hammond Institute is committed to providing an excellent education for an affordable fee.

To make it easier to pay for a training course, the Victorian Government and the Australian Government offer a range of financial assistance options to eligible students.

We have competitive fees and interest-free payment plans for students who are not eligible for any government assistance.

Skills First Funding
To be eligible for a government-subsidised training, you must be either:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or asylum seeker, and
  • physically present in the state of Victoria at all times at which you are undertaking the training and assessment. and
  • If you are under 20 years old you can do Skills First training at any level . or
  • If you are 20 years or over, you can usually only do Skills First training at a higher level than any qualification you already have in Australia.

For a full list of other optional fees that may be applicable, please refer to our Course Fees page.

Delivery methods:
The range of delivery methods may include, but not limited to the following:

  • lectures / Instructions
  • pre-reading
  • 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:

  • 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.


Delivery Locations:

  • Dandenong
  • Werribee
  • Craigieburn
  • Melton
  • Box Hill

Notes: Additional locations may be allocated to meet a group of learner cohort’s needs and based on demand (if practicable for Hammond Institute)

Course pathways after completing Diploma of Mental Health

  • CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Associated Bachelor degrees such as Bachelor of Social Work

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)

To achieve Diploma of Mental Health qualification the 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 appropriate work placement, Hammond Institute will assist in finding the work placements.

Diploma of Mental Health requires 20 units of Competency.

  • 15 core units
  • 5 elective units.

Core Units:

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

Industry Suggested Electives:

CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
CHCAOD004 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD005 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.

Hammond Institute does not use brokers or deliver this course through third party arrangements.

Job Facts

  • $1,584
    Weekly Pay
  • 1,600 workers
    Employment Size
  • Very Strong
    Future Growth
  • Very high skill
    Skill level rating
  • 72% Full-Time
    Full-Time Share
  • 74% female
    Gender Share

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Rehabilitation Counsellors visit Job Outlook