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Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences - Community Mental Health

Course code: 1976 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipMH(Cmnty) ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course is directed towards health care professionals working within the mental health and psychiatric disability fields who wish to upgrade and develop their skills and knowledge in contemporary community mental health practice.

Course objectives

On completion of the course graduates will have: developed an understanding of models of mental health service delivery, including understanding of their historical, political and social contexts, Developed a greater understanding of assessments of needs for community mental health services in clinical contexts, Developed a greater understanding of available methods of clinical intervention with clients with mental health problems, and the evidence base for their effectiveness, Cultivated an understanding of evaluation of clinical intervention in routine and research contexts and developed their ability to apply their understandings of community mental health theory in clinical and organisational contexts. Electives offer opportunities for development of special interests in service delivery in community mental health.

Course structure

Course requirements

In first year of the course, students complete four core units, and in second year they choose four elective units from the list below.

Core units

  • CMH1005 Clinical practice essentials
  • CMH1006 The context for mental health practice
  • CMH1007 Concepts in mental health illness
  • CMH1008 Issues for mental health


  • CMH2001 Mental health of the elderly
  • CMH2002 Perspectives in developmental mental health
  • CMH2003 Transcultural mental health
  • CMH2004 Mental health in rural settings
  • CMH2005 Dual disabilities
  • CMH2006 Advanced psychological interventions
  • CMH2007 Primary mental health practice


Assessment will be in the form of written reports or essays.

Contact details

Course Coordinator, Southern Synergy: Southern Health Adult Psychiatry: telephone +61 3 9554 1588; email

Postgraduate course administrator, Monash Medical Centre: telephone +61 3 9594 1478; email or visit