GD158 - Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

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Plan: GD158DE - Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
Campus: Bundoora Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The following teaching and learning approaches form the basis of your learning experiences:

  • You will be offered a learner-centred curriculum that encourages more active engagement and participation than traditional lecture style delivery.
  • You will engage in projects that require you to communicate outcomes to a range of audiences both verbally and in writing e.g. report results qualitatively, quantitatively, graphically, electronically.
  • You will undertake learning activities and projects that require you to work in multi-disciplinary teams and critically engage with aspects of team development and conflict resolution.
  • You will engage in learning activities and projects that require you to conceptualise, plan and evaluate solutions to health problems.
  • You will undertake projects that require you to access a wide variety of knowledge repositories including professional journals, discussion lists and online sources of material.

The assessment in all courses has been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have obtained.  You will find that the forms of assessment used will vary according to the specific learning objectives and aspects of capability development to be achieved in each course.

Over the duration of the program you will encounter the following forms of assessment.

  • Examinations and clinical competency: an individual form of assessment where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to explain fundamental principles and solve problems;
  • Assignment and projects: which may be done individually or in groups.  This method may also enable you to demonstrate your ability to work alone or as a member of a team;
  • Reflective journals: where you pause to consider what you have learnt, identify issues associated with that learning and propose subsequent learning strategies;
  • Self-assessment and peer-assessment: for assessment activities such as seminars you will assess yourself and/or your own group; or assess the work of other groups.  This is part of equipping you to become more independent in your own learning and assessing your own and others’ performance.

Most of the assessment you undertake (the exception is exams) will enable your lecturer to provide you with feedback on your progress.  and improve your performance in the future. 
RMIT University has an assessment policy: see;ID=det2rlnje0ay

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. Further information is available on the RMIT University website

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations; and
  • these interactions and the work context provide a distinctive source of feedback to you to assist your learning.

The designated WIL course for the Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing is NURS1049 Mental Health Nursing Clinical Portfolio. This course will synthesise professional psychiatric nursing theory and knowledge required for the development of a conceptual framework with your clinical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the skills of the Mental Health Nursing professional in caring for clients in a variety of clinical settings. Your studies will be structured around a range of interventions drawn from different theoretical perspectives. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of clinical practice skills underpinned by the standards of the Australian Nursing Council Incorporated (ANCI) and the Australian & New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (ANZCMHN). All students can expect interaction with and feedback from industry (mental health clinical supervisors) in NURS1049.

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester


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Year One of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code


Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Partnerships12NURS1042Bundoora Campus
Context of Mental Health Nursing12NURS1066Bundoora Campus
Therapeutic Initiatives in Mental Health12NURS2118Bundoora Campus
Dual Diagnosis and Community Work12NURS2119Bundoora Campus
Mental Health Nursing Clinical Portfolio12NURS1049Bundoora Campus
Assessment Analysis In Mental Health Nursing12NURS1087Bundoora Campus
Health Inquiry Critique12PUBH1080Bundoora Campus
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code


Foundations of Narrative Counselling12HWSS2195Bundoora Campus
Leadership and Management12BUSM1530City Campus
BUSM2292Hamilton Campus
BUSM4480Melbourne transfer to Vietnam
Loss, Trauma and Grief12HWSS2162City Campus
Quality Improvement for Health Care Professionals12NURS1057Bundoora Campus
Forensic Psychology12BESC1431Bundoora Campus
BESC1432City Campus
Parent-Infant Mental Health12NURS2184Bundoora Campus
Clinical Learning and Teaching12NURS1051Bundoora Campus

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Program transition plan

The majority of currently enrolled students will complete GD158 in 2015 and therefore not require a transition plan.

For those students who commenced prior to 2016, individual mapping will be conducted in consultation with the Program Coordinator.

GD158 will continue with the same structure of seven (7) core courses and one (1)  option course. Six (6) of the core courses have had a title change but will be considered equivalent for purposes of credit. Students will be required to undertake core course NURS2119 Dual Diagnosis and Community Work  if they have not already completed NURS1043 Contemporary Issues in the previous 5 years. 

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