Mental health nursing is a diverse and specialised area of nursing practice, requiring specialist nursing skills in the assessment and management of mental illness.

Starting your career in mental health nursing

RNs who wish to pursue a career in mental health are required to complete a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Course and application information

A Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (or equivalent) is offered at two South Australian universities. Further information regarding courses and entry requirements can be found at:

Applications are processed through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Further information is available at the SATAC website.

Clinical specialisation in mental health

SA Health provides RNs and RMs with scholarships to undertake postgraduate clinical specialisation in mental health. 9-unit courses are offered in:

For more information visit the Nursing and Midwifery Skills and Training website.

Current vacancies in mental health nursing

To view all SA Health nursing and midwifery employment vacancies, visit