Master of Mental Health Practice

Why study the Master of Mental Health Practice at UNE?

The Master of Mental Health Practice provides advanced professional development in evidence-based mental health assessment and practice. The course is designed to equip graduates from a variety of backgrounds with an ethically sound, specialised knowledge and understanding of the theory and principles of mental health practice. The Master of Mental Health Practice is underpinned by the bio-psychosocial model of mental health and is designed to produce competent, self-reflexive, multi-disciplinary health and human service professionals to support people experiencing mental health problems and their families, at an advanced level. The award prepares students to work in a range of clinical settings and provides a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to practice with an advanced level of knowledge in a range of generalist and specialist mental health settings.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

0.5 or 1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee
International

2019 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 2, Online

Official Abbreviation MMentalHlthPrac
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Course Duration
  • 0.5 or 1 or 1.5 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
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Total Credit Points 72
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree, or

(e) 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, pastoral care.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a), (d) and (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Mental Health Practice in 2019.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:
(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor; or
(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or
(c) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice from UNE; or
(d) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, AQF Level 9 Masters or AQF Level 10 Doctorate degree; or
(e) 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.

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a), (d) and (e) are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted 24 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Candidates admitted under Rule (c) shall be granted 48 credit points of Block Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

No advanced standing will be granted for HLTH554A.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), (d) and (e), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (c), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) 0.5 years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to two years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (a), (b), (d) or (e) must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including at least 36 credit points at 500 level.

To qualify for the award a candidate admitted under Rule (c) must pass units to the value of 72 credit points including at least 24 credit points at 500 level.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), (d) and (e)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units 66 cps
Listed Units 6 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 24 cps
Core Units 42 cps
Listed Units 6 cps
Total 72 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (c)
Course Structure Credit Points
Block Advanced Standing 48 cps
Core Units 24 cps
Total 72 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Master of Mental Health Practice.

Exit Pathways

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Mental Health Practice under Rule (a), (d) or (e) and who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Practice upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units HLTH421, HLTH422, HLTH423, HLTH424 or with the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice upon completion of 48 credit points comprising units HLTH421, HLTH422, HLTH423, HLTH424, HLTH425, HSCS533, HSHM506 and one Listed Unit.

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Mental Health Practice under Rule (b) and who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice upon completion of 24 credit points comprising units HLTH425, HSCS533, HSHM506 and one Listed Unit.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies must apply for readmission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Mental Health Practice. This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The Master of Mental Health Practice aims to provide students with the opportunity to systematically develop knowledge about contemporary mental health practice and meet the National practice standards for the mental health workforce. Further, it requires students to contribute to the development of knowledge and change in practice through the conduct of a project related to mental health practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced specialist theoretical knowledge for mental health practice, including knowledge about the application of evidence-based intervention strategies used to support diverse client groups in a range of settings;
  2. critically analyse and apply mental health theoryto practice and reflect upon the role of ongoing supervision and self-reflective practice in professional development;
  3. implement an evidence-based research approach to mental health practice that meets the complex needs of mental health consumers, carers, families and communities;
  4. critically analyse, contextualise and demonstrate an applied understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks affecting people experiencing mental health problems, their families and communities;
  5. communicate understanding of, and apply ethical reasoning and decision-making to practice, that demonstrates respect for the differing needs of people from diverse cultural backgrounds across the lifespan; and
  6. report on a mental health research or clinical translation project that contributes to current knowledge of mental health practice.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates have advanced knowledge of their discipline including a global perspective for application and collaborative practice in the field of mental health in a range of practice contexts. Graduates possess the capacity to acquire and apply a wide range of international policy, practices and scholarship in a real-world mental health practice context.

Communication Skills

Graduates have sound oral and written skills and the capacity to communicate ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences, including mental health consumers, their families/significant others and communities.

Problem Solving

Graduates apply logical, critical and creative thinking to solve a range of problems in mental health contexts.

Information Literacy

Graduates possess a range of higher-level information literacy skills such as sourcing, retrieving, referencing and evaluating relevant primary and secondary sources, including the skills to critically appraise different types of evidence for practice and select the most relevant for particular situations.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates appreciate the values of social justice and social responsibility and understand how to reason and behave ethically within their discipline, within interprofessional teams and in the broader contexts of mental health practice. They are able to account for and engage with cultural, ethical, economic, legal and social dimensions encountered in practice.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates are prepared for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal and professional development including the need for supervision for mental health practice development.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates are able to work independently and collaboratively to achieve individual and common goals to improve health and wellbeing for mental health consumers, their families/significant other and communities.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International Students

International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International. This course is only available online (distance education).

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