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CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

Diploma of Mental Health

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Practical placement: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Possible occupation titles relating to this qualification: Community Support Worker, Community Rehabilitation Worker, Mental Health Community Worker, Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker, Mental Health Support Worker

Course Duration: 48 weeks
Duration inclusive of holidays: 61 Weeks
Work Placement Hours: 160 hours throughout course duration 

Fees and Charges Skills First Government funded student Full-fee-paying student
Administration Fee  $ 100  $ 6,000
Textbook Fee  $ 289.70  $ 289.70
Total  $ 389.70  $ 6,289.70

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Packaging rules To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate a competency in – 20 units of competency (15 core units and 5 elective units)

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health – 2018

Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to apply for further studies in either CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, or pathway to second year entry into Charles Sturt University’s undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Social Work, via online studies or in Australia on campus at Wagga Wagga or Port Macquarie, NSW. For further details and entry requirements to the university pathway, please refer to the website:

Course University Credit Points Degree
CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health Charles Sturt University Up to 8 Subjects

(64 Credit Points)

Bachelor of Social Work

Text books are available to purchase online, click on the book image to go to suppliers’ site.


Working Safely in Community Services : Handbook for Workplaces – WorkSafe Victoria,

Edition 2  October 2006

(Downladable PDF) Free 



Mental Health in Australia Collaborative Community Practice

3rd Edition

ISBN: 9780195574883

$ 129.95,-nursing-and-social-work/9780195574883-mental-health-in-australia


Turning Point Clinical Treatment Guidelines

$ 31.95 each

Volumes required  $ 159.75

  • 01 Key principles and practices
  • 03 Relapse Prevention
  • 04 Reducing harm for clients who continue to use drugs
  • 10 Managing difficult and complex behaviours
  • 13 Youth alcohol and drug outreach

Optional $ 95.85

  • 05 Controlled drug use interventions
  • 07 working with polydrug users
  • 15 Case management in alcohol and other drug treatment settings