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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice provides students with an opportunity to develop advanced level knowledge about mental health assessment skills and evidence-based practice. The course is designed to equip graduates from a variety of backgrounds with ethically sound knowledge and understanding of the theory, principles, and practice of mental health practice. The course is underpinned by the bio-psychosocial model of mental health and is designed to prepare competent, self-reflexive, multi-disciplinary health and human service professionals to support people experiencing mental health problems and their families.


  • Feb
  • June

Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice, your understanding of contemporary mental health assessment and evidence-based practice will give you the foundation to provide specialised support to people experiencing mental health challenges. Our course ensures that you are ready to work alongside professional colleagues in a range of multidisciplinary healthcare settings or go on to complete further postgraduate study in mental health practice.   

Mental health practitioners work in a range of health professions, including:  

  • counselling and psychotherapy 
  • psychology 
  • mental health nursing 
  • social work 
  • specialised general practice. 

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree; or
  • (b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or
  • (c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree, or
  • (d) satisfy UNE by means of other relevant* professional experience by submitting a Statement of Service from your employer/s and a resume outlining a minimum of three years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant* professional experience and training undertaken in the past 10 years.

* Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Counselling, psychology, social work, nursing mental health nursing, community services, children's services, youth work, care for the aged, care for the disabled, residential client care, welfare, mental health support, and pastoral care.