The Certificate IV in Mental Health is the minimum qualification required to work in a mental health support role in Australia. In this article we’ll be highlighting three pathways for graduates of this nationally recognised certification.
COURSE QUICK FACTS: The Certificate IV in Mental Health is completed over 12 months and requires a work placement of 80 hours practical work. Ask your course provider before enrolling for assistance.
1. Start a career in mental health
Graduates of the Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315) are immediately qualified for the following job roles:
Welfare Support Worker
Welfare support workers assist marginalised and disadvantaged people with mental health issues gain access to essential services, like housing, education, medical treatment, and employment assistance. Welfare support workers are in demand in regions all over Australia and may be employed in health care, social assistance, and public administration.
Community workers (who specialise in mental health issues) assess community resources and needs, then drive development programs to support the local people. Their role involves liaising with community groups, private business, government, and welfare agencies to promote mental health awareness.
Mental Health Intake Worker
Mental health intake workers are employed by mental health facilities and are the initial contact for people who are referred for refuge and treatment. They screen patients, coordinate care, and often provide brief interventions.
CAREER QUICK FACTS: Mental health work actually makes a difference. More than 75% of people admitted to mental health inpatient services in Australia experience notable improvement.
2. Expand your existing job role
If you are already working in the health or community services sector, the Certificate IV in Mental Health will make you more effective in your role, as well as make you more employable. For example:
- Counsellors — provide better help to clients with mental health issues as they work through emotional, financial, and lifestyle concerns.
- Youth Workers — provide better support and community programs to young people facing mental health issues.
- Case Managers — make more informed choices when referring clients with mental health issues to healthcare professionals and community service providers.
- Pastors and Chaplains — deliver more effective spiritual counselling and guidance to community members with mental health issues.
MENTAL HEALTH QUICK FACTS: Mental health issues are very common in Australia — more than 20% of the Australian population experiences a mental illness every year.
3. Follow a career pathway
The Certificate IV in Mental Health is an entry level qualification and an excellent starting point for academic studies in mental health, social work, and social science. Graduates can use their qualification as a pathway to enrol in:
Diploma of Mental Health (CHC53315)
This nationally recognised qualification equips graduates for rehabilitation and support work helping people suffering mental illness or psychiatric disability. Alternately use the qualification to follow a career path raising awareness and co-ordinating programs that confront the impacts of mental health in the community.
Bachelor of Social Work
Use your Certificate IV in Mental Health to gain access to a professional degree program that includes work placement and delivers practical skills. Students graduate job-ready, able to conduct interpersonal and group work that focuses on resolving social problems, issues of human rights, and social justice.
References: Job Outlook Australia, Black Dog Institute