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Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander seeking to develop key skills to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for your people?

CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) will prepare you to be a qualified mental health professional allowing you to work within all facets of your community, health and mental health care service.

  • Why study this course?

    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).

  • 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.

  • Credit and pathways

    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.

  • Workplace learning

    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
  • Subjects

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

    Course structure

    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)
     

    Enrolment pattern

    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


     

  • Residential schools

    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

  • Admission information

    To be admitted in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) applicants will:

    • be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background;
      and
    • demonstrate an aptitude to undertake this course through previous relevant experiences in the field of mental health and Indigenous issues;
      AND, if required:
    • have completed a bridging program.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

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

  • Course details

    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

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School

    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following Study Link subjects for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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