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Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health) (CHC50312)

Course summary

The Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health) provides students with a high level of 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. The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. The course is suitable for people currently working in Community or Mental Health Outreach positions or similar roles. The qualification includes 14 core subjects and 2 electives delivered over an 18 month period. Delivery will be individually tailored to meet the study needs of each student and will include a flexible blend of online; workbook and some face to face components to meet practical skills requirements. New enrolments will be accepted in both January and July.

Location: Cairns campus.
Dates: 2014 July & September intakes.
Fees: The approximate cost to complete this qualification: Full Fee for Service: $12,704.00; Partially Government Funded: $9,040.00; Partially Government Funded concession: $8,256.00
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Course details

Course type

  • Domestic

Delivery location

  • Cairns Campus

Fee type

  • Please Enquire

Application mode

  • Apply now

Study area

Skill area


Career prospects - more information

Occupational titles may include:

  • Community support worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health support worker


  • Mental Health


Hours of Study

A study timetable will be made available to students once accepted into the course..

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:

  1. Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental health work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above OR;
  2. Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition  process, against the following qualification (or equivalent):
  • CHC40512 Certificate IV in Mental Health OR

       3.  Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
  • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance

Delivery Method

Flexible delivery incorporating independent study, online and face to face components.  A study timetable will be made available to students.

Assessment procedures
Students are assessed through written work, projects, simulations, case studies, short answer assignments, presentations, third party reports and oral interviews.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL recognises your existing experience gained through life or work for which you may not have obtained a formal qualification. We will work with you to identify your existing skills and knowledge and assess if you can then achieve a full or part qualification. This also helps to avoid unnecessary duplication of training.

Unit code Unit name Unit type
HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people Elective
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers Elective
HLTWHS401A Maintain workplace WHS processes Core
CHCPROM503A Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies Core
CHCPOL501A Access evidence and apply in practice Core
CHCAD504B Provide advocacy and representation services Core
CHCORG428A Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
CHCCW503A Work intensively with clients Core
CHCCS504B Provide services to clients with complex needs Core
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships Core
CHCAOD510B Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and-or other drugs issues Core
CHCMH501A Provide advanced supports to facilitate recovery Core
CHCMH409A Facilitate consumer, family and carer participation in the recovery process Core
CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process Core
CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes Core
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings Core

There may be one or more elective competencies, these may differ between institutes. Please contact the institute for more information.

Enrolment instruction

The published fees apply to Australian citizens and permanent residents only. Program commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments. Contact the Admissions Centre on 1300 656 959 for more information on enrolment procedures. For detailed information on policies, fees, payments, concessions, refunds, subsidies, exemptions, pre-requisites, withdrawals and RPL refer to the Tropical North Queensland TAFE Fees & Conditions document.  Information supplied in this document is correct at time of publication but may be subject to change without notice.

Tropical North

Phone: 1300 656 959
Phone (international): +61 (7) 4042 2429