Dual Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs and Mental Health


Course Code: CHC53215 & CHC53315
Qualification: Dual Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs and Mental Health
Duration: 18 months
Accreditation: Nationally Accredited with the AQTF.

Next Intake October 2019 SA, February 2020 all other states

CHC53215 & CHC53315 Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs and Diploma of Mental Health is on the Priority Qualifications List and Eligible for VET Student Loans

Course Overview

The Dual Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) reflects the role of community service workers in both the AOD and MH sector. This qualification also enables staff to work more broadly across a wide range of community service environments. Workers at this level may have some supervisory responsibility for other staff.

The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. Workers providing services within the AOD and MH sectors, require high level specialist knowledge and will learn the skills and competencies in regards to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them, health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse, and health issues related to MH.

This qualification also recognises the need to adopt a strengths based, holistic response to working with people across all life domains.

Delivery Format

This qualification is designed to support learners who have additional time requirements, and delivered via a blended learning approach. Classroom training is limited to one day per fortnight and involves lectures, observation, role-play and discussion. There is also an online component equivalent to one day per fortnight. In addition students should allow 4-6 hours per week of self directed study.

Students also undertake a minimum of 200 hours of work/field placement in an approved organisation, in order to integrate the skills and knowledge developed throughout classroom-facilitated sessions. For individuals already working within the sector or with appropriate experience, RPL and gap training can be provided.


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At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals.

Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

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