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Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

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Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)


Nurse Practitioners are expected to be clinical leaders who work autonomously from a sound evidence base, instigate diagnostic investigations, prescribe medication within an approved formulary, and refer judiciously. Students of this course undertake units of study that will prepare them for the role of Nurse Practitioner in the specialist area of mental health. This study program incorporates areas of advanced health assessment, clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing, diagnostic skills, therapeutic management, psychopharmacology, evaluation and collaboration in care. Students also have the opportunity to complete specialist electives to suit their particular practice setting.


All applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for entry:

Registration as a nurse in Australia and  

An undergraduate degree in Nursing or Health Science (Nursing)

or minimum of five years full-time equivalent work experience in mental health nursing and graduate certificate in mental health nursing and  three years full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse, of which 12 months full-time equivalent is in an advanced clinical role in mental health

Successful applicants will need to arrange the following:

Submission to the University of evidence of current clinical practice in an advanced clinical role in mental health, confirmed via 2 referee reports and  

Access to complete clinical experience in a mental health setting (as approved by the School or Nursing and Midwifery) and Contract with a University approved primary supervisor/mentor/assessor (PSMA) to meet the requirements of the course.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). http://www.uac.edu.au/ Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC). Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and UWS.


The Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) was initially accredited by the Nurses and Midwives Board (NMB) of New South Wales. From 1st July 2010 the approval, recognition and accreditation of courses has been transferred to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC). Course accreditation can be checked on their website. http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Accreditation.aspx.

  • Start Date
  • Contact provider 
  • Organisation Name
  • University of Western Sydney 
  • Course venue
  • Parramatta Campus 
  • Qualification level
  • Post Grad 
  • Course category
  • Nursing 
  • Course duration
  • 4 years part-time. 
  • Study Type
  • Full-time,Part-time 
  • Fees
  • Delivery
  • Online and Classroom 


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