Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences (Infant and Parent Ment.Hlth)

Course 208IP (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate


A/Prof Campbell Paul,


Associate Professor Campbell Paul (Course Coordinator) Sofi Damianidis (Course Administrator)Royal Children's Hospital Mental Health ServiceFlemington RoadParkville VIC 3052T: 613 9345 5511E:
Course Overview: This course is aimed at health care professionals working in the infant mental health field, who wish to develop their understanding and clinical skills in working with infants and parents or who are interested in participating in service development, delivery and evaluation. The course has been developed out of clinical teaching work of the Infant Mental Health Group at the Royal Children's Hospital and draws on the disciplines of psychiatry, developmental psychology and psychoanalysis for its theoretical basis.


The course focuses primarily on the baby and the infant/parent relationship and provides training in skilled assessment and intervention with families which can greatly assist the capacity of parents to facilitate their child's development. Infant and Parent Mental Heath therefore is able to play a major role in the prevention of serious psychiatric disability.

Course Structure & Available Subjects: Students must satisfactorily complete all three coursework subjects, as well as the observation practicum, to qualify for the Graduate Diploma.


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Entry Requirements:
  • Degree in psychiatry, medicine, psychology, nursing, social work, occupational therapy or other similar disciplines relevant in a child health or mental health setting;
  • Two year's clinical experience; and
  • Currently working with, or anticipating working with, babies, toddlers and their families.

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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :

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