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CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health

10 Weeks
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This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Our courses are delivered by experienced Mental Health workers. Through a blend of theory, practical coursework, and discussions with other support workers you will learn about:

  • Working with people with mental health and alcohol & other drug issues
  • Working with Aboriginal people
  • Recovery approaches and working with care network and other services
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Understanding & responding to suicide
  • Understand the interrelationship between medical, social, and psychological health
  • Working legally and ethically
  • Develop your critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

This qualification may provide an appropriate pathway into higher level qualifications, such as those in aged care, mental health, disability and home and community care.



Successful completion of this course may enable you to work in the following occupational titles:

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Officer
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker


18months – Students are expected to spend approximately 10 study hours per week.


Total number of units = 15 (11 core units + 4 elective units)

 CORE UNITS (11 units)

Code Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well being
HLTWHS001 Participate in work place health and safety


Code Name
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family carers
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

80 Hours of work placement required

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