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Diploma of Mental Health

National Course Code: CHC53315

TAFE NSW Course Number: CHC53315-01V02

The nationally accredited Diploma in Mental Health will equip you to become a leader in the industry. You will help people with mental health issues find solutions, and implement your skills in a real work environment. Be in-demand and make a profound difference to those experiencing mental illness.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn how to:

  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
  • Recognise the laws affecting people with mental health issues
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Use and develop your natural abilities and skills to get ahead in this field:

  • The ability to work with others
  • An empathetic nature
  • Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma qualification
  • Leadership and supervisory skills
  • Skills to support people who have experienced mental illness and psychiatric disability

Career outcomes and job roles:

  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Welfare support worker
  • Community rehabilitation worker


Advance your career with the Bachelor of Community Services through TAFE NSW. We have agreements with a number of universities in NSW that will enable you to articulate to a degree with some credits. Contact us for information.


There are forecast to be around 6,000 new job openings per year until 2023. This makes now a great time to start studying towards a career in Mental Health Support Work.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.
During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 160 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will either arrange your work placement or support you to find a suitable placement. The decision on where you will be placed is guided through a nomination process of your preferred area and your personal circumstances.

Generally, work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact, and when the teacher is satisfied you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Enjoy working with people during difficult situations and circumstances
  • Are empathetic, patient and able to empower others
  • Have good organisational skills and are able to multi-task
  • Have a strong commitment to trauma-informed care and strength-based practices of care and intervention
  • Are able to respond well to rapid change and adapt to a range of new contexts
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Can work independently and with others

Important information

This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Related Pathways

Community Services

Study Options & Enrolment

Course Information Courses available under Smart and Skilled may attract a government fee subsidy. You must meet the individual eligibility criteria to receive subsidised training for a course on the NSW Skills List.
Course Information There are no fee subsidises available, you will need to pay the full course fee.


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Contact by Training Services NSW:
If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at TAFE Digital.