Graduate Diploma in Mental Health

The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health offers a holistic perspective on mental health and wellness, delivered in a compassionate and contemplative learning environment.


Contemplative online education - practice self-care while providing compassionate care to others, experience personal development while studying mental health online.  Our Mental Health program offers students an embodied, holistic educational experience, with a focus on contemplation, ethics and compassion - unlike any other online Mental Health education offered in Australia and is designed for health professionals interested in making a difference to the lives of people experiencing mental illness, whilst taking care of their own wellbeing.


Mindful and contemplative professional practices are now recognised to be leading the way in personal wellness, while facilitating the mental health recovery of others.


All our courses combine leading-edge professional skills with contemplative, ethical and compassionate personal development and it is these embodied, holistic learning foundations that sets apart education at NTI from other postgraduate education providers.

Course Details
Head of Program  Dr Susan Sumskis
Course Duration Full-time: 12 months, part-time from 18 months.
Delivery Method Online study
Academic Requirements Either a bachelor degree with a major in health, human services, social sciences, liberal arts, education, or relevant working experience and professional training over at least 3 years for example in the health sector or social services or education.
English Language Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Applicants who have not completed substantial tertiary studies in English will need to meet our English Language Requirements.

Please note: On completion of this course, those wishing to register as a health professional in Australia will also need to satisfy the AHPRA requirement of an overall IELTS score of 7.
Related Courses Master of Mental Health
Graduate Certificate in Mental Health
Fees 2020 Domestic $15,200*
International $19,200
*FEE-HELP available to eligible Australian citizens. For more information visit our Fees and Scholarships page.

*A one-off enrolment fee of $100 applies, payable once you have been accepted into a course. Applies to Mental Health students only.
CRICOS Course Code 0100334
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


* Please note:

  • Indicative fee assuming full-time load and all electives are chosen within the Award program. Costs may vary depending on elective subjects selected.

  • A one-off enrolment fee of $100 applies to international students and to domestic students enrolled in the Mental Health Program once they have been accepted into the course. 

  • All prices listed in Australian Dollars (AUD).

  • Costs are subject to change annually. Enquire to find out about future costs.

  • Costs are for tuition only. They do not cover accommodation, meals or incidentals associated with your studies at Nan Tien Institute.

Course Structure & Subjects


The course can be completed within two (2) semesters of full-time study and three (3) or more semesters of part-time study. The Graduate Diploma in Mental Health qualification requires the completion of 8 subjects (for a total of 48 credit points).

Core Subjects

Note: Not all core subjects are offered in each semester. Please consult the timetable or Student Services for advice

NTI900 Critical Inquiry
MH901 Mind-Body Wellness
HSW905 Compassion at Work
MH914 Mental Health and Wellness
MH903 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
MH912 Coaching and Counselling for Health and Wellbeing
MH913 Older Person's Mental Health
MH916 Healing Traditions: Buddhism and Psychotherapy