Foundations of Mental Health Pathway


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. Up to 12 weeks for completion of each online module, with each module requiring up to 45 hours time commitment.
Course Location
Online only
Course Modules
  • Module 1 – Essential Frameworks in Mental Health Nursing
  • Module 2 – Comprehensive Assessment in mental Health Nursing
  • Module 3 – Contemporary Issues in mental Health Nursing
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

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)
$235 per module for ANMFSA members
$285 per module for non-members

CPD only tuition fee:
(no assessment, no recognition or credit transfer) $120 per module for ANMFSA members
$170 per module for non-members

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