Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

Level of study: Graduate Certificates

Summary

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing and the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing form part of the broad suite of courses in forensic psychology and forensic mental health at Swinburne University of Technology. In particular, the units in the certificate form part of the subjects that lead to the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science. The subjects will also be of interest to some students pursuing postgraduate training in psychology. The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of nursing in forensic mental health, including key legal principles and legislation and core clinical skills (such as violence risk assessment and management), enabling graduates to work effectively in forensic contexts or with forensic patients. This course is offered through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne, in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Course description

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing and the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing form part of the broad suite of courses in forensic psychology and forensic mental health at Swinburne University of Technology. In particular, the units in the certificate form part of the subjects that lead to the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science.

The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of nursing in forensic mental health, including key legal principles and legislation and core clinical skills (such as violence risk assessment and management), enabling graduates to work effectively in forensic contexts or with forensic patients.

This course is offered through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science at Swinburne, in collaboration with the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health (Forensicare).

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing provides advanced training to nurses who are working in, or are seeking to work in, forensic mental health contexts. Forensic mental health nurses work in a variety of settings including secure hospitals, courts and prisons. Additional knowledge and skills are required to work in this field beyond those required of general mental health nurses.

Aims and objectives

At the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing, students will be able to: apply specialised knowledge of a broad range of theories and principles required for nursing practice in forensic mental health contexts; apply specialised knowledge of the complex systemic and individual mental health factors that influence offending behaviour; demonstrate an understanding of the range of complex factors that contribute to offending behaviour, both at a general and individual level; identify and evaluate evidence that helps inform creative problem solving and decision making in the nursing role; effectively communicate complex ideas in a coherent and informative manner with clients, carers and other health professionals; adapt advanced knowledge and skills to the contexts of forensic mental health nursing, such as correctional or mental health settings; adapt knowledge and core practice skills to develop, plan and implement responses to challenging issues faced by forensic mental health nurses.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
16,700 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Online study
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Australia

Entry criteria

Standard entry

A recognised three-year bachelor degree in one of the following fields:

Nursing

Mental health nursing

Completion of Bachelor degrees in other relevant disciplines will be considered.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 75%, all skills 70%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 7 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 95 with a reading band no less than 20 and writing band no less than 22
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

Address

Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Australia
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