Diploma of Mental Health


The rewarding community services sector awaits you with a Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315).

This course will give you the desired qualification to work with clients with mental illness and provide support to them. This course will give you the skills and knowledge in relation to building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, providing advanced support for people with mental illness and disabilities and delivering client services based on individual case management and intervention.

Upon graduation from this course you will be able to explore roles such as support worker or mental health worker in the community services field.

Along with learning theory, you will gain on the job practical experience with the compulsory work placement component that is part of this course.

Start your studies today and know that the delivery of this course online will allow you to tailor your studies to suit your needs.

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At a glance

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker / Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


No prerequisites for this course.
If you pay using VET FEE-HELP you need to provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy test.



Work placement

240 hours in total

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 18 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 13.5 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). Complete within 18 months.
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Assignments, online quizzes & workplace assignments
Start date

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Payment options

Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

Upfront payment

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There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol no matter what level of education or work experience you have.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Providing advanced support for people with mental illness and disabilities
  • Contributing to the recovery of people affected by a mental illness
  • Delivering specialised client services based on individual case management and intervention
  • Providing community-focused promotion and prevention strategies
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and colleagues

Work placement

This course includes a total of 240 hours of professional work placement within a community service organisation. You will need to arrange your own work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

20 units

Cluster 1

  1. CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity

  2. CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

Cluster 2

  1. CHCMHS002 - Establish self-directed recovery relationships

  2. CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  3. CHCMHS003 - Provide recovery oriented mental health services

  4. CHCMHS004 - Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

  5. CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

Cluster 3

  1. CHCCCS018 - Provide suicide bereavement support

  2. CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

  3. CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well-being

Cluster 4

  1. CHCMHS012 - Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

  2. HLTWHS004 - Manage work health and safety

  3. CHCMHS010 - Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity

Cluster 5

  1. CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy services

  2. CHCMHS009 - Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs

  3. CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues

  4. CHCCSL502A - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

Cluster 6

  1. CHCMHS013 - Implement trauma informed care

  2. CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice

  3. CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Payment options

There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

3. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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