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

Study pathway:
Duration Up to 4.5 years Full Time or Part Time equivalent
TAFE SA CodeDP10234
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This course applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health issues. It includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services and requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.



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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 CSPA score
    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.

    Uni Dual Offer Course

    • 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 dependant 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.
    • View our Uni Dual Offer Courses list

    Important Information

    • This course requires compulsory workshop attendance, with workshops delivered across the state including, but not limited to, Port Adelaide, Port Pirie, Elizabeth and Noarlunga.

    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.


    The TAFE SA qualification is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.