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.

The Australian Community Workers Association is a national professional body that accredits education and training courses for workers in the community services sector.

The Diploma of Community Services at Chisholm is accredited by ACWA.

As our course is both nationally recognised and ACWA accredited it provides our students with a competitive edge with regard to employment opportunities in comparison to those students from non-ACWA accredited courses

This accreditation adds value to graduates of this course at Chisholm as it confirms the professional reputation of our programs. Graduates can apply for full membership and registration with ACWA and are strong candidates for employment in larger government departments.

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.

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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 2022. There are five Mental Health units on offer. 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.

You will be issued a Confirmation of Enrolment which will enable you to complete your degree in Melbourne when borders re-open (subject to visa approval and Australian Government requirements at that time).

*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.

You can undertake up to four units remotely in your initial semester. The cost of the online remote program (full time) will be $8,000 (for four units). If your preference is to undertake only one or two units initially, then this is also possible. Units should be undertaken in the following order:

  • HEBCHCS106: Transition to Higher Education - AU$2,000
  • HEBCHT101: Lifespan Development - AU$2,000
  • HEBHCS101: Contexts of the Mental Health Industry - AU$2,000
  • HEBCHT104: Alcohol and Other Drugs Issues - AU$2,000
  • Policy Politics and Law A – AU$2,000.

There are scholarships available for remote delivery – please read more about this and the course delivery at our International Student Higher Education Frequently Asked Questions page. .

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Bachelor Degree (Pass)
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Delivery location
Dandenong, Berwick
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Full Time, 3 years.
Start dates
March and July 2022

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

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.