Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

Level of study: Graduate Certificates

Summary

The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing (GC-FMHN) 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 diploma form part of the subjects that lead to the Master of Forensic Behavioural Science (MA-FBS). Graduates will acquire in-depth knowledge and skills required to work effectively in forensic mental health nursing, including an understanding of legal and correctional systems, advanced instruction in the complex systemic and individual mental health factors that influence offending behaviour, and how to work effectively with challenging patients and behaviours. 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 Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing will provide specialised 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

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing, students will be able to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge of a broad range of theories and principles required for nursing practice in forensic mental health contexts
  • Apply advanced knowledge of the complex systemic and individual mental health factors that influence offending behaviour
  • Cognitive skills that demonstrate the ability to critically appraise and interpret the range of complex factors that contribute to offending behaviour, both at a general and individual level
  • Apply technical skills to identify and evaluate evidence that helps inform creative problem solving and decision making in the nursing role
  • Communicate complex ideas in a coherent and informative manner with clients, careers and other health professionals
  • Adapt advanced knowledge and skills to the contexts of forensic mental health nursing, such as correctional or mental health settings
  • Utilise a wide range of knowledge and skills to independently develop, plan and implement responses to challenging issues faced by forensic mental health nurses
  • Employ advanced knowledge of psychopathology and offending behaviour to develop and deliver more effective treatment to clients in forensic mental health settings

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
33,400 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
2 years
Online study
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Australia

Entry criteria

Standard entry
An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in one of the following fields:

  • Nursing
  • Mental health nursing

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • 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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