The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Newcastle

Online

Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
  • Trimester 1 - 4 Feb 2019
  • Trimester 2 - 20 May 2019
  • Trimester 3 - 2 Sep 2019
Mode of delivery

Online

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 12197

Program handbook

Description

The Master of Mental Health Nursing is intended for Registered Nurses wishing to undertake a specialist qualification in Mental Health Nursing. The focus of the program is on advanced clinical practice in an area of mental health service provision. The program provides opportunities to study issues and topics of particular interest such as dual diagnosis, psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions, forensic management and legal aspects of mental health care, mental health care for older people, illness management and recovery and mental health in primary care.

Upon completion of this program of study, you will be able to assess health status and formulate, implement and monitor management plans in consultation with stakeholders; promote and optimise the health and welfare of individuals and/or populations; retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities; deliver safe and effective collaborative healthcare; reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated comprehensive and well-founded knowledge of the discipline of mental health nursing.
  • Displayed effective written and/or oral communication skills within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply advanced knowledge in mental health nursing.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of research methodology and its application to research questions in mental health nursing and other health related areas.
  • Demonstrated professional self-efficacy and leadership.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and safety.
  • Displayed respect for the community and the environment.
  • Identified and critically discussed cultural, ethical, equity, nursing and research initiatives to close the health gaps for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Details

Information correct as at18 Jun 2019 10:06 PM
Program code12197
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online - Online with some face to face elements for selected courses.
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
Term typeTrimesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Health and Medicine
Contributing schools
  1. School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
  2. School of Medicine and Public Health
  3. School of Nursing and Midwifery
Relevant University rules and policies

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Applicants must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), the Australian Association of Social Workers national board or other recognised accrediting body with:

  • Honours; or
  • A postgraduate qualification; or
  • A minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.


Professional recognition

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses

The University of Newcastle has designed the Master of Mental Health Nursing to enable you to be eligible for employment as registered nurses in mental health nursing positions with capacity for you to undertake advanced nursing level roles. Graduates of the program are eligible to seek to be credentialed as mental health nurses under the Credentialing for Practice Program of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Program requirements

Qualification for the award of Master of Mental Health Nursing (MMHN) requires successful completion of 80 units of course work undertaken over 1.5 to 2 years part time. All students undertake 30 units of Core Courses at the commencement of the program, followed by 50 units of Directed Courses. 

It is not compulsory but participants are encouraged be able to negotiate an ongoing arrangement for mentoring/clinical supervision by a suitably qualified and experienced registered nurse, allied health professional practicing specifically in the area of provision of mental health services. If not employed in a mental health position, you will need access to case studies of people with mental health problems - you may use case studies from your previous practice.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
NURS6035Therapeutic Engagement and Psychosocial Interventions
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6061Contemporary Mental Health
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6900Introduction to Research in Health Care
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 50 units from the following directed courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
EPID6420Epidemiology A - Basic Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6130Basis of Drug/Alcohol Problems
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6145Motivating Health Behaviour Change
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6160Clinical Assessment of Drug/Alcohol Use
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
MEDI6295Managing Challenging Behaviours: Psychological Solutions
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6021Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology
  • Semester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
20 units
NURS6025Perinatal, infant and young child mental health (22 weeks gestation to 11 years of age)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6026Youth and Young Adult Mental Health: 12 to 24 Years
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6055Mental Health Acute Care
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6070Mental Health of Older People
  • Trimester 3 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6085Forensic Mental Health
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6623Leadership and Management in Practice
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
NURS6640Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (Callaghan)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (HKUSP)
  • Trimester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units
PUBH6210Qualitative Methods in Health Research
  • Trimester 1 - 2019 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2019 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International students

International students can only study this program online offshore.

Two courses will have provision for intensive, on-site workshops. International students will not be eligible to enrol in these courses and are advised to check the requirements for all courses before enrolling.


Additional support

The University policy on Students with Special Needs is implemented at all times. The Faculty accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program.