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Build a broad skill set to work across mental health, alcohol and drug abuse support services

Chisholm’s unique Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs will give you the skills you need to provide non-clinical services to specialists such as psychiatrists, nurses and social workers.

You'll gain an in-depth understanding of issues relating to alcohol and other drugs, mental health practice, community development and counselling processes. You'll also learn about the legal and ethical frameworks, working with children and youth, intervention strategies, client advocacy and working in aged care.

This program has been designed to meet the growing need for highly trained practitioners in the field. With direct input from stakeholders in areas of mental health and AOD, the degree has been developed in close consultation with practitioners, academics, professional bodies and policy makers at both state and federal government levels.

Further information about Chisholm's accreditation as a Higher Education provider can be found at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT) websites.

Please note that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with learning material online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes. Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available. While it is expected that the course duration will remain unchanged, it may be necessary to extend the completion date if circumstances change. Chisholm will be monitoring the situation closely and inform of any changes if the duration of a course is extended.

If you have any queries on a course delivery please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Download the course admission requirements.

Bachelor of Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs remote delivery

Commence units of the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs from your home country from 1 March 2021. Four Mental Health units will be offered in Semester 1.

You will be issued a Confirmation of Enrolment for the rest of your degree to be delivered in Melbourne over the next three years from July 2021 and credit will be given for units already studied offshore and $6,738* (4 units).

In addition Chisholm will apply a scholarship fee discount of $1,500 in both the first semester (in-country) and second semester (in-Australia). The effective cost to students for the Semester 1 program will be $6,340.

The Semester 1 remote delivery subjects will include a foundation or preparatory unit - ‘Transition to Higher Education’ for Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs students .

*The cost of the units successfully completed remotely will be deducted from the overall course fees. We will issue Letters of Offer based on our usual selection criteria prior to commencement.

The units offered in Semester 1 are as follows:

  • HEBCHCS106: Transition to Higher Education - AU$1,960
  • HEBCHT101: Lifespan Development - AU$1,960
  • HEBHCS101: Contexts of the Mental Health Industry - AU$1,960
  • HEBCHT104: Alcohol and Other Drugs Issues - AU$1,960

Read more about the course delivery for 2021 at our International student bachelor FAQs page.

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Award granted
Bachelor Degree (Pass)
Course code
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Full Time, 3 years.
Start dates
27 July

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and aligned to Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7.