Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Mental Health Nursing

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (PGCertHSc) specialising in Mental Health Nursing, is aimed at practitioners entering mental health nursing, and those experienced in mental health nursing practice. There are courses for practitioners in their first year of practice, and for those preparing for advanced practice, and nurse practitioner roles.

Programme structure

Students are required to enrol in, and complete, 60 points from the following courses:

  • HLTHSCI 703 - Psychological Interventions in Health Care (30 Points)
  • NURSING 742 - Biological Science for Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSING 746 - Evidence-based Practice and Implementation (30 Points)
  • NURSING 773 - Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning (30 Points)
  • NURSING 774 - Nursing People in Acute Mental Health Crisis (30 Points)
  • NURSING 776 - Advanced Assessment in MHN (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 718 - Contemporary Mental Health and Addictions Nursing Practice (30 Points)
  • NURSPRAC 719 - Clinical Practice in Mental Health and Addictions (30 Points)
  • Other courses approved by the Head of the School of Nursing


New students: to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University Calendar regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences. These should also be read in conjunction with the University's General Regulations - Postgraduate Certificates.


Dr Kate Prebble
Senior Lecturer
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 3413