Diploma of Mental Health

Help people on the road to recovery

You can dramatically transform someone’s life around by working in mental health. It is a rewarding and challenging career with opportunities in a range of settings throughout Australia.

This Diploma of Mental Health will mean you can work in a variety of roles in sectors such as health, social work, occupational therapy and clinical psychology.

Diploma of Mental Health

What you will learn

You will learn how to offer support to people from varied backgrounds and how to assist those who may have mental health, alcohol and drug issues. There will be advice on skills and techniques which you can implement to promote recovery and well-being. You will further develop your skills on health and safety and decision making.

How you will study

Assessments are by way of written assignments and have a practical component. You will receive dedicated trainer team support throughout your studies and no formal entry requirements are needed for this qualification. To achieve this qualification we will ensure you are assigned 160 hours of work placement experience.

Learning is online, but you will be expected to attend mandatory mobile workshops within your state. You will be expected to attend five of these in order to complete the course.  TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate in these workshops. We can help you to find a hotel if you are coming from a distance. The workshops will be one or two days long and will enrich your study experience.

What are your career options with a Diploma of Mental Health?

Mental health workers can take up positions in various different settings, in private and not for profit organisations. As a mental health worker, you may be encouraging people to get more involved in community participation or encouraging residential rehabilitation as well as supporting employment opportunities or arranging respite care. Upon graduation from this course you will be able to explore roles such as: welfare support worker, mental health outreach worker, community support worker.

Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.  TrainSmart Australia will assess a students’ ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:-

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 Certificate; or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Cost of this course

The current course cost for this community services course online is $11,400.

Your fee payment options are:-

  • Self-funded payment plan – pay your course fee by credit card, cheque, eft, or cash.
  • VET Study Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.
  • Flexible Payment Options

Unit of study


  • HLTWHS004
    Manage work health and safety
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment
    Manage business document and design
    Research and apply evidence to practise
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    Work with diverse people


  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    Provide systems advocacy services
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    Facilitate the counselling relationship process
    Support counselling clients in decision making processes
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


  • CHCMHS005
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
    Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
    Implement trauma informed care
    Implement recovery orientated approaches to complexity
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships
    Provide recovery orientated mental health services
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

Complimentary services and career guidance

Membership of the TrainSmart Australia student portal in which you will receive updates on
class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.


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