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Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health

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20-24 hours per week




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Become an ethical, authentic and collaborative mental health worker

Support people to create meaningful change

Uniquely informed by academic expertise and those with lived experience, this course provides a world-class understanding of supporting mental health through a diversity of approaches and philosophies informed by real world settings.

In the Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health, you will learn how to apply holistic evidence-based models of care for mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on culturally informed, recovery-oriented support. Enhance your skills in person-centered communication, assessment and intervention and support individuals and carers to navigate mental health systems, advocate for self-determination and promote wellbeing practices.

With Monash University, you’ll become a digital-ready expert with enhanced practical knowledge and interpersonal skills, so you can support people to create meaningful change.

Please note that this course is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Our APAC accredited courses include the Graduate Diploma in Psychology and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

What you will learn 
  • Integrated case study approach
    Assume the role of a mental health worker and respond to a range of authentic scenarios.
  • Prevent, respond, adapt
    Be prepared with the abilities to prevent issues before they occur, respond and act when they do, and pragmatically adapt across diverse situations.
  • Reflective practice
    Evaluate your digital and mental health literacy through an immersive and supportive learning experience.

Book in time with our course consultants today to learn more about the Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health

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The course is structured in four foundation units.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

These studies will introduce you to mental health practice at a graduate level. They are designed to extend your existing understanding or experience and apply it specifically to mental health practice.

You must complete the following units:

Foundations of mental health practice

Psychology: Allies in Indigenous health and wellbeing

Digital technologies in mental health care

Counselling skills for mental health and wellbeing

An Australian Bachelors degree (or equivalent) with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 50.

A minimum of five years relevant work experience in a cognate area*.

*Relevant work experience related to the following cognate areas:

  • Community development
  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Human Services
  • Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Welfare
  • Youth Work.

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

For the Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health, the estimated cost is $4237.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

Enquire with our course consultants and schedule a call to get your questions answered.

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Your Monash Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health is designed to accommodate your busy life, with built-in flexibility through six teaching periods each year.

You’ll complete your world-renown qualification in a dynamic virtual classroom and access course material when and where it suits you, taking advantage of a dedicated support network available extended hours, 7 days a week.

Undertake the same qualification as on-campus student, but 100% online. You’ll gain the skills required by the digital workforce and study in a way that suits your lifestyle.

Discover more about online study >

When you study online with Monash, you’ll experience the same level of flexible support as your degree offers. Course consultants can answer your questions about online study and guide you through your course selection and enrolment. Student advisers are available 7 days a week to assist with everything from enrolment queries to academic and study skills, with subject matters experts in each of your units to help you through unit content and assessments.

Learn from the change makers

Begin your new career with a specialist mental health qualification, founded in lived experience and academic expertise. The Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health delivers a work ready set of skills that will build a digital portfolio to enhance your career opportunities and prepare you for work as a mental health worker. The Monash online experience delivers a streamlined six-week teaching period, one of few such courses in Australia. It gives you the opportunity to engage in the learning material and study anywhere in Australia, whether you are inner-city, rural or remote.

Dr. Kim Johnston

Course Convener
Master of Applied Mental Health

Kim Johnston is implementing a collaborative approach to mental health education, so graduates can deliver better wellbeing support.

Utilising her applied and interdisciplinary knowledge in mental health, she’s delivering her learnings to students in Monash’s online mental health courses.


Meet your academic team

Dr Kim Johnston

Dr Kim Johnston holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is the Course Coordinator of the Monash Online Applied Mental Health programs. She has a practice background in community mental health, specialising in youth mental health, family therapy, and substance addiction. She is passionate about transforming lives and communities through accessible, inclusive, and collaborative education about mental health and wellbeing.

Maya Luna

Maya is a Registered Psychologist with several years clinical experience in counselling, psychometric assessments and crisis interventions. Maya is a proud Wiradjuri country woman, and lives, works and plays on Gadigal land which is part of the Eora nation in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Maya has a wealth of experience working in the telehealth field, and currently works for Australia’s National Domestic Violence, Family Violence and Sexual Assault support line.

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas (they/them) is an internationally recognised human rights advocate, specialising in LGBTIQA+ youth. At Monash University they have taught across Global Studies, Psychology, Counselling, and Public Health. Their research is broadly in the areas of queer health with a particular focus on trans and gender diverse youth, and building queer mental health interventions. Jacob is particularly passionate about queering curricula and ensuring future mental health practitioners are equipped with the necessary skills to work with LGBTIQA+ people.

I have enjoyed interacting, learning and engaging with like-minded people the most. These interactions have given me motivation and inspiration to keep going and quench my thirst for further knowledge as well as advance my professional career.

Angela Weerasekera

Health Graduate

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Industry insights

With a Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health, you will be well-placed to take your next step into pursuing careers and opportunities in mental health through applying your skills to further mental health awareness in your current role or as a:

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Policy Officer
  • Mental Health Project Officer
  • Support Coordinator
  • Peer Worker
  • Wellbeing/Safety Officer.
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4.3 out of 5
Mental health support workers rate their job satisfaction as extremely high.

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23.2% job growth is expected for mental health support roles over the next five years.

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$80,000 is the most common salary for a Wellbeing Officer in Victoria.

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