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Online
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Duration

3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1 201830

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Open to students of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent, this course is aligned to the National Practice Standards for Mental Health Workforce 2013.

Tailored to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Designed in collaboration with a community-based Aboriginal Mental Health Steering Committee and the Greater Southern Area Health Service, this course was specifically designed for Indigenous mental health practitioners to meet the needs of the mental health workforce with a specific focus on contemporary health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Make an impact in your community

This specialist course will prepare you to work in mental health services with all members of the community, with an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their families and communities. It places mental health workers within a multi-disciplinary team working alongside other health professionals, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Expand your career to encompass mainstream mental health services

Graduate with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitude to work as a mental health worker in your community and mainstream mental health services. Work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their family and communities and other health professionals, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. You'll have a sound understanding of primary health care, cultural safety, equity and socio-cultural aspects of care.

Build a holistic approach to delivering mental health services

Develop an understanding of primary healthcare, cultural safety, equity and socio-cultural aspects of care that will enhance your understanding and appreciation of clients' and their family's experience of emotional and social trauma and mental health problems.

You may exit the course following the completion of the first year of study with the Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health), or the first two years of study with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health).

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Immunisation

NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

Further information is available from NSW Health.

Working with Children Check

Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

MHP311 Clinical 3
MHP211 Clinical 2
MHP111 Clinical 1

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics
MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan
MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing
MHP311 Clinical 3
MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health
MHP216 Suicide Prevention
MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management
MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development
MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health
MHP301 Research in Mental Health
MHP211 Clinical 2
MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning
MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma
MHP111 Clinical 1
MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities
MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use, Alcohol and Other Drugs

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

As a graduate, you'll be sought after to work across various levels of mainstream and community-based mental health services. At times graduates have come back into the course as guests and/or lectures sharing their learn knowledge and skills and experiences.

Combine your cultural values with mental health expertise to build change

Bring a holistic approach to building mental health care solutions – focusing on aspects of spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community.

Drive lasting change for your community

There is evidence that increasing involvement and control of health policy, health initiatives and service delivery by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people delivers improved health outcomes. As a qualified mental health worker in your community your voice will be critical in driving informed change.

Take your skills to urban, regional and remote Australia

This course will arm you with the skills and experience to deliver support to indigenous and non-indigenous individuals, families and communities across all settings.

As a graduate, you'll be sought after to work across various levels of mainstream and community-based mental health services. At times graduates have come back into the course as guests and/or lectures sharing their learn knowledge and skills and experiences.

Combine your cultural values with mental health expertise to build change

Bring a holistic approach to building mental health care solutions – focusing on aspects of spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community.

Drive lasting change for your community

There is evidence that increasing involvement and control of health policy, health initiatives and service delivery by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people delivers improved health outcomes. As a qualified mental health worker in your community your voice will be critical in driving informed change.

Take your skills to urban, regional and remote Australia

This course will arm you with the skills and experience to deliver support to indigenous and non-indigenous individuals, families and communities across all settings.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Charles Sturt University credit regulations will apply. Credits will be assessed and given for relevant prior learning in the field of mental health, mental health nursing, Indigenous health and Indigenous mental health.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is only available to study on campus.

The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is only available to study online.

You can study the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYNNESMH

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineWagga WaggaCGSYNNESMH

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Julieann Hall - Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

“CSU has always been fantastic at not allowing the complexities of life challenges to interfere with one’s educational journey, ensuring there is always a way of varying your study load to suit your study / life / work balance."

Julieann Hall - Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

This course of 192 points duration consists of the following eight and sixteen point subjects:

MHP105 Primary Health Care: Mental Health (8cp)
MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health (8cp)
MHP111 Clinical 1 (16cp)
MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (8cp)
MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health (8cp)
MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan (8cp)
MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use: Alcohol and Other Drugs (8cp)
MHP211 Clinical 2 (16cp)
MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning (8cp)
MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (16cp)
MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development (8cp)
MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics (8cp)
MHP216 Suicide Prevention (8cp)
MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16cp)
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16 cp)
MHP311 Clinical 3 (16cp)
MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma (8cp)
MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities (8cp)
 

Full-time Distance
Year 1 (Session 1)
MHP105 Primary Health Care: Mental Health
MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health
MHP111 Clinical 1 (commencing)
MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing
Year 1 (Session 2)
MHP111 Clinical 1 (completing)
MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health
MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan
MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Students may be awarded a Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) if they exit the course having successfully completed 64 points

Year 2 (Session 1)
MHP211 Clinical 2 (commencing)
MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning
MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (commencing)
MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development
Year 2 (Session 2)
MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics
MHP211 Clinical 2 (completing)
MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (completing)
MHP216 Suicide Prevention

Students may be awarded an Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health) if they exit the course having successfully completed 128 points

Year 3 (Session 1)
MHP301 Research in Mental Health (commencing)
MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (commencing)
MHP311 Clinical 3 (commencing)
MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma
Year 3 (Session 2)
MHP301 Research in Mental Health (completing)
MHP302 Professional Issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (completing)
MHP311 Clinical 3 (completing)
MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities


 

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees. Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

As a HDR candidate, we recognise you’ll need specialised support to help you achieve your research goals. Our dedicated Research Office is your central point of contact for researchers and supervisors. CSU also has a number of Research Support Services designed to support researchers, supervisors and HDR candidates across their research endeavours and careers. Academic and personal support is available including Indigenous services, international support, counselling, disability services, equity and diversity, health information, spiritual support, mentoring, child care support, professional development and more.

Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates may apply for a scholarship to cover their tuition fees, living costs and research costs. Please visit the CSU Higher Degree by Research Scholarships for more information. The main round of Australian Government funded Research Training Program scholarships is open for applications in September and October each year.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Apply direct to CSU

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

30 Oct 2017
2017 Session 3 Extended Application date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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