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Curtin University
Centre For Aboriginal Studies

Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner

The Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner Major is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as an Indigenous mental health practitioner. It aims to empower and strengthen the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses traditional healing practices in the context of mental health best care and treatment.

This course will provide you with comprehensive mental health strategies, skills, knowledge and treatment methodologies to engage and interrelate with Aboriginal community mental health patients who may be suffering with a mental health illness. You'll learn how to demonstrate and apply mental health skills when conducting a health assessment of a mentally unwell patient, identify intervention strategies, and apply health restoration and health reorganisation skills during an acute phase of the client's disease.

This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as a mental health practitioner within a mental health clinic, hospital and/or facility.

Study Mode

Block release. The block release system of education helps you remain in your community and get a quality education by combining distance education with intensive blocks of study at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Perth.

Entry requirements

This course is available to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent and 10 non-indigenous students. You may gain entry on completion of a certificate IV or diploma in mental health, or entry via assessment.

As part of the registration process, all students must undertake the PELA (Pre-Entry Language Assessment). All students must demonstrate a minimum level of English proficiency prior to commencing at Curtin, which will help identify students that may require additional support.

How to apply

To apply for this Degree it is a requirement of the Centre for Aboriginal Studies that you must successfully complete the PELA. Once you have completed the PELA via workshop or invigilated assessment, you will be notified of the next steps on how to apply for the Mental Health Practitioner Degree.

If you would like further information about how you apply please contact the Centre for Aboriginal Studies on (08) 9266 2307.

Find out more

For general information about this course and how to apply, please click on the following link:
Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner

For the full course structure click on the following link:
MJRU-INMHL v.1 Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner Major (BAppSc)