Graduate Diploma
(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 Overview
Head of Program  Dr Susan Sumskis
Course Duration Full-time: 12 months, part-time from 18 months for domestic students only.
Delivery Method Online study
Academic Requirements

Bachelor degree with a major in a relevant field, such as health sciences, social sciences, liberal arts, or education (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript) OR

a Graduate Certificate with a focus on health (demonstrated through the provision of academic transcript).

English Language Requirements

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: Although this course does not directly lead to a registration as a health professional, 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
Tuition Fees 2021#

Domestic $17,200#
International $21,600#
*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.

Tuition fees, non-tuition fees, and refunds are governed by NTI’s Fees, Charges and Refunds Policy

Non-Tuition Fees More about non-tuition fees
CRICOS Course Code 0100334
CRICOS Provider Number 03233C


Course Structure

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


In accordance with the current restrictions our campus facilities are closed. You can continue to study online and our virtual library services remain available. Our academic and student services staff are online and by phone to assist you. Please stay safe.