About the course

About the course

Would you like to make a difference in the community through supporting individuals with mental health recovery? With the health sector expected to be the largest growth area over the next 5 years, completion of our mental health course will enable you to seek employment as a mental health support worker, mental health practitioner or in a related role.

Our mental health course reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community settings such as:

  • community based non-government organisations
  • home based outreach programs
  • centre based programs
  • respite care
  • residential services
  • rehabilitation programs
  • clinical settings
  • supporting people in employment

Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete 80 hours of work placement.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

Elgar Campus

  • Semester 1, 2019 NOW CLOSED
  • Semester 2, 2019 - Mid-year intake (Elgar Campus only)

All classes 9.30am - 4.00pm

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years (the time taken to complete this course will vary depending on your input)

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our mental health course you can apply for a range of roles including as a:

  • mental health support worker
  • mental health practitioner
  • similar roles in the community services sector

You will work with individuals experiencing and recovering from mental illness or psychiatric disability in the following community settings:

  • home-based outreach
  • centre-based programs
  • respite care
  • residential services
  • rehabilitation programs
  • clinical settings
  • supporting people in employment 
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Entry Requirements

You must be 18 year or over. In order to maximise your chance of success in this program, you must be able to demonstrate adequate language, literacy and numeracy skills.

Desirable (but not essential) skills include:

  • good interpersonal skills
  • an understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - find out more here
  • the ability to communicate across various culturally diverse groups and faiths
  • trustworthiness and ability to use empathy
  • the ability to reflect upon on and understand your own emotional responses to studying and working in the mental health environment
  • excellent organisation skills


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

Following successful completion of our mental health course you could apply for the Diploma of Community Services. The Diploma of Community Services has pathways into many Bachelor level qualifications including:

  • Bachelor of Community Services (Box Hill Institute)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Deakin University)
  • Bachelor of Psychology with Honours (Deakin University)

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Free TAFE^ $0.00
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $2,670.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $534.00
Full Tuition Fee $10,235.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities*$155.00
Core Skills Support**$75.00
Annual Material Fees$180.00
Retain Course Items***No fee applies
^ This course is on the 2019 Free TAFE list - find out more.
* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.
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