If you wish to study Mental Health in Victoria, AIFL will give you the knowledge and skills to provide a wide range of services. Start your journey today!

This is the entry level qualification required for people to work in the mental health sector.
This qualification aims to assist workers to provide people affected by mental health illnesses a self-directed recovery and assist them to live a full life with acceptance and without stigma


Australia is regarded as one of the world leaders in Mental Health. 

Now is the time to be apart of it…

Did you know
4.2 million people received mental health-related prescriptions in 2017-18

One in seven Australians will experience depression in their lifetime.

One in seven Australians is currently experiencing an anxiety condition.

Support-seeking appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with around half of all people with a condition now getting treatment.

Make a difference today and change someone’s life….

Educate, Empower & Endeavour

Career Pathway
  • Coordinator – Mental Health (Carer Peer Work)
  • Coordinator – Mental Health (Consumer Peer Work)
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
Course Information
  • Theory and some assessments delivered online (requiring reasonable computer skills, internet access, email access and research skills
  • AIFL may offer this qualification in a blended learning mode in selected locations, depending on student numbers
  • Trainer and IT support is available throughout your period of enrolment
  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers will be offered to all students, as part of the Pre- Training Review Process
  • Work Placement: 80 hours placement in a Mental Health setting is a requirement to complete your qualification. This placement may be offered at Health Services in Victoria (or with an alternative provider, depending on placement availability)
  • Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy, reading and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
  • Please be aware work placement providers may require a current Police Check, Working with Children Check, First Aid and/or immunisation records. (Any cost associated with these documents are the students expense).
  • Students of all abilities are encouraged to apply at any time of the year
Qualification Structure
Total number of units = 15 (approximately 905 hours of study) 11 core units & 4 elective units
Core Units
  • CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

  • CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically

  • CHCMHS002 – Establish self-directed recovery relationships

  • CHCMSH003 – Provide recovery oriented mental health services

  • CHCMHS004 – Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

  • CHCMHS005 – Provide services to people with coexisting mental health & alcohol & other drug issues

  • CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care

  • CHCMHS008 – Promote and facilitate self-advocacy

  • CHCMHS011 – Access and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

  • HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units

Choose one of the following streams –
Disability Stream

  • CHCDIS001 – Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach

  • CHCDIS002 – Follow established person-centred behaviour supports

  • CHCDIS007 – Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability

  • CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Alcohol and Other Drugs Stream

  • CHCCOM002 – Use communication to build relationships

  • CHCAOD002 – Work with clients who are intoxicated

  • CHCCCS014 – Provide brief interventions

  • CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment
Fees and Skills First Funding are current at time of issue and are subject to change
Fees and refunds will be inline with the AIFL Fees and Refunds Policy and Procedure
For concession details please contact the AIFL
* Concession (Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Card or Veteran’s Gold Card**
* Skills First funding only applies to students eligible for a government funded place
* Enrolment fees excludes GST
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. 

If you would like to learn more on Skills First Funding
please click the link to the Victorian State Government and Training site.

Skills First Funding

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