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Master of Applied Mental Health

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Develop advanced skills in mental health care and wellbeing

Shape the mental health care of the future

Begin or enhance your career with a specialist qualification in applied mental health, enabling you to lead positive change. Founded in lived experience and academic expertise, the Master of Applied Mental Health will equip you to work with complex mental health issues and empower others to do the same.

Informed by Monash’s world-class industry connections, this immersive program bridges gaps in mental health training for broad and meaningful work across the human lifespan.

Upon graduating, you’ll step into the forefront of the industry and lead positive behavioural change with practical knowledge, interpersonal skills and a digital portfolio that prepares you for the future.

What you will learn 
  • Digital Portfolio in Mental Health
    Build a diverse digital portfolio to enhance your career opportunities in mental health and wellbeing.
  • Acute and complex care
    Learn how to best support individuals within some of the most challenging industry settings.
  • Prevent, respond, adapt
    Be prepared with the abilities to prevent issues before they occur, respond when they do, and adapt across diverse situations.
Book in time with our course consultants today to learn more about the Master of Applied Mental Health

Cut through with the Monash edge

Monash is a leader in groundbreaking research and teaching excellence and has consistently achieved an enviable reputation across the world. Achieving historic success, Monash has climbed 13 places to be ranked 44th globally in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.

# 44
(THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023)
# 2
(THE World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

The course is structured in three parts:

  • Part A. 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.

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

There are two entry pathways into the Master of Applied Mental Health.

Eligible entrance via Graduate Certificate
Commence your studies via the Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health, a post-graduate qualification that can lead you to further studies in the Master of Applied Mental Health.

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

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.

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.

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 Master 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

The Master of Applied Mental Health is a collaboration of Monash’s cutting-edge research and academic expertise. Guided by expert teaching staff employed as mental health clinicians, you will be guided to build, develop and refine skills in responding to mental health challenges.

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 Master in Mental Health and Wellbeing, 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 program/service manager
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Policy advisor or analyst
  • Project coordinator
  • Wellbeing/Health and safety 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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23.2% job growth is expected for health managers over the next five years.

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$120,000 is the most common salary for a health manager in Victoria.

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