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Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner

Bachelor of Applied Science - BAppSc - MJRU-INMHL Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode Mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work as an Indigenous mental health practitioner. It aims to empower and strengthen the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses traditional healing practices in the context of mental health best care and treatment. 

The course will provide you with comprehensive mental health strategies, skills, knowledge and treatment methodologies to engage with Aboriginal community mental health patients who may be suffering with a mental health illness. You’ll learn how to apply health restoration and health reorganisation skills during an acute phase of the client’s disease.

You will have the opportunity to attend a placement in child and adolescent mental health facilities, psychiatric wards, drug and alcohol treatment centres.

You will receive support through tutoring, (including additional tutorials where necessary) and online lectures (for remote students).

This course is a major in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Completion of first, second and third year is required to transition into Honours.

Other requirements

  • (Invigilated) Entry Assessment via Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Senior First Aid Certificate is required
  • Students who are interested in joining this course need to come along to an admissions and information workshop. At this workshop you will sit an admissions test, have an interview with staff and find out more information about the course. For more information about entry requirements, please go to

TAFE requirements

Certificate IV Mental Health, Diploma Mental Health

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2017 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Why Indigenous Mental Health Practitioner?

For information regarding accreditation, please contact relevant counselling associations.