La Trobe University

Master of Mental Health Nursing

La Trobe University

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

Mental health care needs are increasing worldwide. Due to the impact of COVID-19 and lockdowns, the rates of conditions such as depression and anxiety rose more than 25% in 2020 alone, adding to the nearly one billion people who were already living with mental health issues.* Because of the vital role that mental health nurses play in promoting psychological and emotional wellbeing in the community, they are expected to be in higher demand than all other nurses by 2030.** 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.


To qualify for the award of Master of Mental Health Nursing, students must complete a total of 180 credit points across 2 years.


  • 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

Successful completion of an Australian bachelor's degree in Nursing (or equivalent). 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


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.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Online International: $39,600 No
  • Online/Off-campus : 1.5 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Online.

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning. Fees correct Tuesday, Feb 28 2023

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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