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

May & July

Full time: 1 year (all classes 9.30am - 4.00pm)


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.


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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

Free TAFEGovernment Subsidised ConcessionsGovernment Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$552$2,759$10,324
Service Fee$160$160$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80$80$80
Material Fee$225$225$225$225
Retain Course Items$0$0$0$0
Total Course Estimate$465$1,017$3,224$10,789
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$465$1,017$3,224$10,789

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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