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Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

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  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 units

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  • Awarded by:

    Griffith University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

Studying this Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health program through Open Universities Australia will give you the education and training required to work with criminal offenders who have mental health problems. You will gain a thorough understanding of the relevant policies and legislation for forensic mental health administration. This forensic mental health course will teach you how to specifically cater for forensic patients.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in psychology, nursing, criminology, social work or other mental health-related discipline; OR
  • Have a minimum of five years relevant experience and training.

Areas of study

In this graduate certificate program, you will study:

  • Forensic mental health legislation and policies
  • Mental disorder and crime
  • Risk assessment and management in forensic mental health
  • Interventions and recovery in forensic mental health
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health from Griffith University.

This forensic mental health course will build upon your existing education and training, giving you specialist skills in patient management. After studying this graduate certificate course, you may be eligible to continue to a Master of Forensic Mental Health program.

Curious about where a career in criminology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Disability Services Instructor
  • Correctional Officer
  • Forensic Scientist

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP is available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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