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Forensic Mental Health - 5512

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Postgraduate
Typical Duration: 1.5 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 12
Min UOC Per Semester: 6
Max UOC Per Semester: 18
Min UOC For Award: 36

Program Description

There is a rapidly growing need for a skilled workforce in forensic mental health in NSW. The Forensic Mental Health Services (criminal aspects) are largely provided for by NSW Justice Health and development of new facilities will require additional suitably qualified staff for the foreseeable future. Forensic Psychiatry private practice provides further opportunities for practitioners.

Program Summary for International Students

Duration: 1 Year
Typical UOC Per Semester: 18
Minimum UOC For Award: 36

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health provides an opportunity for training in forensic mental health. It covers the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal civil, child and family forensic mental health sub-speciality. It is designed to provide training, skills and expertise required in the forensic mental health workplace both in the private and non-private arena. It can be undertaken on a part-time (one and a half year) basis. The program requires attendance at lectures and in some cases field-site visits. The program is designed for mental health professionals including medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, and social workers. The program is also open to members of the legal profession and correctional staff.

Program Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Forensic Mental Health will be awarded after the satisfactory completion of 36 units of credit. Students must complete 18 UOC in core courses, and 18 UOC of electives offered by the School of Psychiatry. Approval must be obtained from the Program Coordinator regarding course selection.

Core Courses

Candidates without a clinical background are required to undertake the following course in place of one elective:

Elective Courses

Academic Rules

The program articulates with the Master of Forensic Mental Health 9012 and the Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health 7312. Credit for courses completed as part of the GradDip and the GradCert may be transferred to the Masters program, in accordance with the UNSW policy on credit transfer.


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Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have completed an appropriate undergraduate degree or approved equivalent.


Dr Elizabeth Kaziro
Adminstrative Officer
Phone: (02) 8372 3002
Fax: (02) 9344 4151

Related Program(s)
9012 Forensic Mental Health
7312 Forensic Mental Health
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