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Master of Applied Mental Health

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20-24 hours per week




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Change lives by becoming an adaptable and effective communicator across diverse settings

Advance your skills in mental health practice

Growing awareness about the importance of mental health has created a surge in demand for mental health practitioners. The Master of Applied Mental Health will enhance your skills in person-centered communication, assessment and intervention, allowing you to make a difference in people’s lives across any industry you’re working in.

Your master’s degree is informed by professional practitioners in the field and draws on lived experience to teach you skills that can be applied across a wide diversity of mental health settings. Using an integrated case study approach, you’ll grasp the nuances in ability needed to effectively work with people throughout the human lifespan.

What you will learn 
  • Digital Technology in Practice
    Build your digital literacy alongside innovative academics that teach digital solutions to facilitate positive behavioural change.
  • 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.
  • Effective communication
    Learn how to effectively and sensitively communicate across diverse populations, and how to adapt your communication style for each individual.
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The course is structured in three parts:

  • Part A. Mental Applied Mental Health foundation
  • Part B. Core studies
  • Part C. Application studies

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.

Applied Mental Health foundation

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

The focus of these studies is to provide a core understanding of mental health practice at an advanced graduate level.

You must complete the following units:

Supporting Families for Child and Youth Mental Health

Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Older Adults

Disability and Inclusive Practice

Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

The focus of these studies is to develop your expertise in a discipline and provide the knowledge and skills needed for the capacity to work and communicate.

You must complete the following units:

Suicide Prevention and Support

Capstone project

Addiction Studies (Advanced)

Family Violence

Entry Level 1 – Masters Degree (72 points to complete)

An Australian Bachelors degree (or equivalent) with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60, plus two years relevant work experience in one of the following areas*.

*Relevant work experience in one of the following areas:

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


An Australian 3 year (AQF7) bachelor degree in a cognate discipline*, or equivalent qualification, with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60.

*Cognate disciplines include:

  • Counselling
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Youth Work

Entry Level 2 – Prior postgraduate study experience (48 points to complete)

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health or equivalent with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60,


A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Psychology or equivalent with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60,


A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) or equivalent with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60,


A Monash University bachelors honours degree in Psychology with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Master 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.


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.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

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Applied Mental Health online at Monash

Begin your new career with a specialist mental health qualification, founded in lived experience and academic expertise. The Master 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 practitioner. 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.

Meet your academic team

Leah Braganza

Leah Braganza is the Director of Online Education in the School of Psychological Sciences. She is passionate and committed to creating excellent learning experiences for fully online students. Leah’s research interests have evolved over time from a focus on the neurobiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder to her current focus on best practice professional development for fully online educators.

Dr Kim Johnston

Dr Kim Johnston has a background in psychology practice specialising in youth mental health, family therapy, and substance addiction. She believes in the potential of contemporary online education to transform the lives of students and positively impact the communities they engage with. Her role is to support the Monash Online Applied Mental Health programs as Assistant Course Coordinator.

Celine Jona

Celine Jona (she/her) is an educator in the School of Psychological Sciences. Celine is also a registered psychologist with experience working with mental health across the lifespan. As a researcher, Celine is particularly interested in better understanding the most effective teaching methods to support the development of the knowledge and skills required to deliver effective therapy.

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 Master of Applied Mental Health, you will be well-placed to take your next step in pursuing health support careers and opportunities across any industry, such as;

  • Mental health specialist
  • Mental health policy adviser
  • Youth worker
  • Public health manager
  • Counsellor
  • Service manager
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4.3 out of 5
Mental health support workers rate their job satisfaction as extremely high.

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15.2% job growth is expected for mental health support roles over the next five years.

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$95,000 is the most common salary for a mental health practitioner in Victoria.

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