Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health

The Graduate Diploma in Youth Mental Health is a two-year, part-time course, consisting of 8 x 12.5 point subjects.

The course is delivered online through the Centre of Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne.

It is designed for professionals working in health care and education, and draws on contributions by world-leading experts in the field to provide students with the latest theory, research and evidence-based approaches in this specialised area of mental health.

The course is offered as a nested program, allowing students to exit with a Graduate Certificate after one year of part-time study. Upon completing the Graduate Diploma, students can also choose to progress to the Master of Youth Mental Health.

Topics include:

  • major theories of youth development and mental health;
  • evidence-based advances in the prevention and early intervention of mental ill-health in young people;
  • designing treatment plans that are applicable to the different stages of mental illness and sensitive to the developmental tasks facing young clients of mental health services; and
  • applying psychosocial interventions to manage a range of mental illnesses affecting young people and their families.

For more information and to apply visit The University of Melbourne.


What you learn will make you a better clinician and give you confidence to work in youth mental health.

Patricia Taylor, Nurse


The course has advanced my thinking in day-to-day tasks. Equipping myself with this training means that I can lead my team with confidence.

Ian Johansen, Manager of Headspace Swan Hill