La Trobe University

Master of Mental Health Nursing

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

Develop specialist mental health care skills to help people thrive. If you're a registered nurse looking to progress your career, La Trobe's fully online Master of Mental Health Nursing expands your knowledge and skills in providing recovery-based care for consumers with mental health conditions. Developed in collaboration with Mental Health Clinical Services, you'll learn how to provide evidence-based mental health care in a range of health settings and build the specialised skills to work with groups ranging from children to the elderly, and in areas such as addiction, eating disorders, depression and anxiety. You'll begin by broadening your understanding of mental health and its impact on individuals, families and communities. Build your critical thinking skills and discover how to effectively assess and diagnose mental illness.


The Master of Mental Health Nursing is a one-and-a-half year full-time program (or its part-time equivalent), studied in English, requiring the successful completion of 180 credit points of core subjects.


  • First Year Subjects: Academic Integrity Module
  • Advanced Mental Health Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Therapeutic Skills for Mental Health Nursing
  • Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment
  • Experiences and Perceptions of Mental Illness
  • Mental Health Diagnosis
  • Mental Health Nursing and Therapeutic Pharmacology
  • Mental Health Nursing: Consideration in Treatment and Recovery
  • Therapeutic Skills

Standard entry requirements

  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Applicants must be working as a Division 1 Registered Nurse in mental health and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with no restrictions to practice. Specialisation - compulsory: Nursing Note: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
  • Postgraduate: Prerequisites - Course specific requirements - Successful completion of an Australian bachelor


Graduates of the Master of Mental Health Nursing may apply for membership with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Further information

This course is designed for registered Nurses. Allied Health Professional should refer to the Master of Mental Health (HMMH).

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