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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipMH(Cmnty)
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Dr Brendan Murphy


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


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.


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
  • a greater understanding of assessments of needs for community mental health services in clinical contexts
  • a greater understanding of available methods of clinical intervention with clients with mental health problems, and the evidence base for their effectiveness
  • an understanding of evaluation of clinical intervention in routine and research contexts
  • 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.


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


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


Four of:*

  • 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

*Students may also choose an elective unit from within courses 3886 Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science and 3887 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behavioural Science with prior approval from both course coordinators.


Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences - Community Mental Health