Cheaper degrees to be available for Australians who want to pursue a career in mental health

Cheaper degrees will be available for people who want to pursue a career in mental health, Education Minister Dan Tehan says.

Australian Education Minister Dan Tehan speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, December 9, 2020. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch) NO ARCHIVING

Education Minister Dan Tehan speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Source: AAP

The federal government is opening a pathway to encourage more people into a mental health career after a challenging year of bushfires and a pandemic.

Australians who want to pursue a career in mental health will now pay less for their degree under a new scheme.

The federal government has accepted recommendations of a working group established to implement 'Professional Pathway Psychology' and 'Professional Pathway Social Work' disciplines.

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These include degrees for psychology and social work, including for students in youth work, counselling and community work.

Students on these courses will now pay $7,950 for a full year of study, a saving of $6,550 against other compatible degrees.

Education Minister Dan Tehan said these new professional pathways would direct more Australians to become job-ready graduates in the field of mental health.

"The challenges of the bushfires and COVID-19 have demonstrated that Australia needs more Australians qualified to provide professional mental health support to their fellow Australians that need help," Mr Tehan said in a statement on Sunday.

"The changes made today will ensure students obtain qualifications that make them job-ready to provide that essential mental health support to their communities."

Readers seeking support with mental health can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. More information is available at . supports people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

LGBTIQ+ Australians seeking support with mental health can contact QLife on 1800 184 527 or visit. also has a list of support services.


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Published 13 December 2020 at 10:36am
Source: AAP, SBS