Older People’s Mental Health Scholarships


Please be advised there has been a short delay in notifying students of the outcome of the OPMHS scholarship funding. We are working hard to ensure our enrolment system is ready for our applicants. We expect your outcome notifications will be sent to you on or before Tuesday 13 July. If you have any questions, please contact the Learning Pathways Team on 02 9844 6303.

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) offers a number of courses within the Applied Mental Health Studies Framework. In addition to the formal postgraduate Award courses (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters), HETI Higher Education provides the flexibility of studying units as Professional Development. Successful completion of any of the units as Professional Development can go towards a degree should students decide to continue with their studies.

All Applied Mental Health Studies units are underpinned by recovery principles with an emphasis on the application to clinical practice. From the outset, students select their preferred specialisation in mental health including working with infants, children and youth, adults or older people. More information about these specialisations can be found here


The scholarship will be administered and delivered by HETI to NSW Health professionals providing mental health services to old people and their families/carers. These scholarships have been funded by Mental Health Branch (MHB), NSW Ministry of Health.

The OPMH scholarship covers 75% of the cost of study. Students can choose 50 hours to a maximum load of 300 hours of study. Students are required to pay the remaining 25% of the unit fee (known as the student contribution). For example, a typical 150 hour unit costs $2270. The scholarships will cover $1702.50 with the student contribution equalling $567.50. If you choose to complete your units as part of our Award program, your student contribution can be paid through FEE-HELP or your own funds. If choosing to complete your units as professional development, FEE-HELP is not available.

Higher Education will determine the hours of funded study to be allocated per applicant, in consultation with MHB. This decision will be final and will be decided based on the review of all applications.

Please Note:Older People’s Mental Health (OPMH) scholarship recipients are ineligible to also receive a Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO) Postgraduate scholarship for the Applied Mental Health Studies course. Successful recipients of the NaMO scholarship must advise HETI Higher Education within two (2) weeks of accepting their offer.

Consider this exciting new opportunity to grow your capabilities in Older Person’s Mental Health.

How to apply

For more information, eligibility view the Scholarship Application Guidelines