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 health-care professionals working in a range of clinical and community contexts, 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