Diploma of Mental Health/Bachelor of Arts - Uni of Adelaide Pathway

TAFE SA Code: DP10234

Study pathway: Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)


Learn the skills to provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. This includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services and requires high level specialist
knowledge, skills and competencies especially regarding laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

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4 years 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Counsellor and Community Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

you must have:

If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Please note that fees and funding status only apply to the initial TAFE SA qualification. Check the course page or relevant university website for details on the secondary qualification.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • You will receive an offer to both TAFE SA and University, with the University offer being conditional on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification.
    • You can rest assured you have secured your University offer, pending successful completion of the TAFE SA award.
    • No further application will be required.
    • You will receive credit for TAFE SA studies allowing you to complete two awards dependent on the pathway selected.
    • If accepted, you will receive an offer to TAFE SA and-on successful completion of the TAFE SA qualification-an offer to University with no further application required.
    • Important Note: The listed awards are reviewed and changes may occur without notice. Dual Offers are available only to Australian and New Zealand citizens or holders of permanent visas.
    • View our Uni Dual Offer Courses list
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    FEE-HELP is a Government loan scheme that assists eligible higher education students enrolled in eligible higher education courses to pay their tuition fees. Eligible students can choose to use a FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of their tuition fees.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Mental health community worker, mental health outreach worker, mental health rehabilitation worker, mental health support worker, alcohol and other drugs worker, community rehabilitation and support worker, community support worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)
    This course covers working with diverse people, advocacy services, recovery-oriented services, wellbeing, trauma-informed care, professional practice and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 15 core units and 5 elective units plus 220 hours in a vocational placement. Vocational placement hours for existing workers will vary depending on experience in their related field of work.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
    Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity 80
    Implement trauma informed care 80
    Manage work health and safety 40
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety 25
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs 75
    Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives 80
    Provide systems advocacy services 90
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Research and apply evidence to practice 65
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers 50
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
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