Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Mental Health)

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Mental Health) provides you with the opportunity to extend your Mental Health nursing knowledge and to develop a level of clinical competence consistent with proficient specialty practice. You will develop a depth and complexity of knowledge that enhances your specialty nursing practice in a variety of contexts and nursing roles.

Enrolment is dependent on meeting the registration and clinical experience requirements outlined in the Admission requirements section. You must also have the support of your employer to facilitate completion of specialty clinical competencies.

Key entry dates

Please note that offers are made on a rolling basis and students should expect confirmation on the outcomes of their application approximately 2 weeks after submission. In programs that have CSP places available these will be allocated as offers are made.

Admission requirements

Please refer to our Admission requirements page.


The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice is a 100 credit point, on-campus coursework program, with a clinical practice component, of one year's duration full time, or two years' duration part time.


Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Mental Health) students will have:

  • the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing holistic nursing care to individuals experiencing a complex range of disturbances to health and wellbeing that require complex specialty nursing interventions
  • an understanding of the professional issues impacting upon specialty nursing and the wider nursing profession
  • a beginning understanding of the international context and sensitivities of the specialty area
  • a capacity to engage where appropriate with issues in contemporary society that impact on and are impacted by specialty nursing practice
  • an appreciation of the ways in which evidence based practice guides specialty practice and how specialty knowledge equips you to offer leadership in the specialty area
  • an appreciation of the design, conduct and reporting of research as it relates to the development of evidence based practice
  • a capacity to articulate knowledge and understanding of specialty practice in oral and written presentations
  • a capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • demonstrated clinical competencies in a workplace, assessed by clinical experts at a proficient level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Nursing Practice (Mental Health) is comprised of 100 credit points of coursework and clinical subjects. You will complete a mandated evidence-based research subject and a range of clinical and theory coursework subjects.

Students commencing in Semester 2 undertake an altered course plan due to subject availability.

Start-year & mid-year commencement course structures are outlined below.

  • Course structure: Start-year commencement

  • Course structure: Mid-year commencement