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Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC40512

The online Certificate IV in Mental Health gives you the skills to provide professional support to people with mental illness.

Upon completion of this course, you will have the skills to apply for roles in both community and private settings as a community rehabilitation and support worker, mental health support worker or mental health outreach worker.

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About Mental Health

In 2007 the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that an estimated 3.2 million Australians had a mental disorder in the 12 months prior to the survey. That’s a huge 20 per cent of the population aged between 16 and 85. Since then we’ve rightly seen mental health climb further up the national agenda, and calls for more mental health practitioners have followed.

The annual cost of mental illness in Australia has been estimated at $20 billion, including lost productivity and participation in the workforce. With population growth and the ageing of our mental health workforce, it’s an area of great concern for state and federal governments. As the demand for services increases, this will no doubt translate into a careers market where new industry entrants can make significant impacts and existing workers are set to see greater opportunities open up to them.

While the job prospects are good, as a vocation the challenge is great. Working in mental health requires a delicate mix of strength and compassion, and as workers enter the inner worlds of their patients, it can be incredibly demanding. Thankfully, our community and scientific understanding of mental health disorders has come a long way in recent decades and carers are now able to see the impact of more effective treatments firsthand.

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