Foundations of Mental Health Pathway


2022 Foundations of Mental Health Scholarships are now open for ANMFSA members

The Foundations of Mental Health program is delivered by ANMEC, in collaboration with Flinders University, and provides Registered Nurses interested in working in the mental health field the opportunity to explore this specialty area of Nursing.

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Course Overview

We’re making it easier for you to pursue a career in Mental Health.

Mental health is one of the most understaffed nursing workforces in South Australia. The current chronic shortage means there are many career opportunities for Registered Nurses wishing to move into this challenging and rewarding area.

To work in mental health in South Australia, you must have – or be studying towards – qualifications in mental health nursing. Traditionally, that has meant accessing post-graduate studies via the SA Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) application process once or twice per year (course-dependent).

Until now.

ANMF (SA Branch) has teamed up with Flinders University to make it easier than ever for nurses to transition into post-graduate studies in mental health, among a range of other specialties.

This initiative provides nurses with more streamlined access to post-graduate studies at Flinders University by enabling them to springboard from a related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course at our Australian Nursing and Midwifery Education Centre (ANMEC).

To take advantage of this partnership arrangement, please complete the Expression of Interest and our administration team will be in contact with you.

Watch the partnership announcement video below.






Expressions of interest now open





Course Duration
Online delivery, with dedicated facilitator and assessor. 12 weeks for completion (with a mid week course break of 2 weeks). Expected time for study each week is 11.25 hours, with a total course duration of 135 hours.
Course Location
Online only
Course Code 
  • NURS8760 Acute Mental Health Nursing Theory
Course Requirements
Applicants must:
  • Applicants must hold a nursing degree or equivalent
  • Applicants must be currently working as Registered Nurses, and have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience
  • Must be sufficiently skilled to engage with the online learning environment including internet, chat-room classes, online research and completion of assignments quizzes via an online system.

Further information on these requirements is available on the course flyer

Career Pathways
A Mental health nurse in a range of settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Community health centres
  • Inpatient care facilities
  • Crisis intervention
Course Cost
Full course cost:
(includes assessment and recognition for pathway into University study)
$705 for ANMFSA members
$855 for non-members

CPD only tuition fee:
(no assessment, no recognition or credit transfer) $360 for ANMFSA members
$510 for non-members

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