Registered Nurses (Mental Health) provide nursing care to patients with mental health illness, disorder and dysfunction, and those experiencing emotional difficulties, distress and crisis in health, welfare and aged care facilities, correctional services and the community.

Specialisations: Registered Nurse (Child and Adolescence Mental Health), Registered Nurse (Drug and Alcohol), Registered Nurse (Psychiatric Rehabilitation), Registered Nurse (Psychogeriatric Care).

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). Some Registered Nurses (Mental Health) complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Assesses, plans, implements and evaluates nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards.
  • Works in consultation with other health professionals and members of health teams, and co-ordinating the care of patients.
  • Provides interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitors responses to treatment and care plans.
  • Promotes health and assists in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities.
  • Answers questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care.
  • Supervises and co-ordinates the work of enrolled nurses and other health care workers.

All Registered Nurses

  • $1,909 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Registered Nurses (Mental Health)

  • 14,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 67% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 47 years Average age
  • 70% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Registered Nurses (Mental Health) (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 9,200 in 2011 to 14,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Registered Nurses (Mental Health) work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (67%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 47 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
  • Gender: 70% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Registered Nurses.

Employment Outlook

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Weekly Earnings

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance92.7
Public Administration and Safety5.7
Administrative and Support Services0.7
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateRegistered Nurses (Mental Health)All Jobs Average
NSW31.831.6
VIC25.425.6
QLD19.120.0
SA7.67.0
WA11.810.8
TAS2.32.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketRegistered Nurses (Mental Health)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-243.6-9.39.3
25-3419.2-22.922.9
35-4420.7-22.022.0
45-5425.7-21.621.6
55-5914.6-9.09.0
60-6410.9-6.06.0
65 and Over5.3-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationRegistered Nurses (Mental Health)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate27.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree55.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma14.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.0-21.121.1
Year 121.2-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.2-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in nursing and specialist experience to work as a Registered Nurse (Mental Health). Some Registered Nurses (Mental Health) complete postgraduate studies.

You must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.

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Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Registered Nurses who are caring, empathetic, reliable, with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Therapy and counselling

    98% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  2. Psychology

    94% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  3. Education and training

    83% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  4. Customer and personal service

    78% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. English language

    76% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1141.02 - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Telephone

    97% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  3. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Freedom to make decisions

    92% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  5. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1141.02 - Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses.

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