Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction 
(Applied practice) (Level 6)

This distinguished programme equips the learner with values and attitudes that support the consumer voice and the role of family and whānau. Graduates of this programme will be able to undertake assessment, provide effective communication and introduce required interventions for people with addiction and mental health issues in Aotearoa (New Zealand).


About the course

This course is available at AGI's Auckland City campus. Please contact our team to understand the timings and days of classes.

Core Papers Include

DMHA 601 Foundations of practice in Mental Health and Addictions - Credit 10

DMHA 602 Assessment of addiction issues and co-existing problems - Credit 25

DMHA 603 Interventions in addictions and co-existing problems - Credit 25

DMHA 604 Recovery support in addiction and co-existing problems - Credit 25

DMHA 605 Integrated theory and practice in the workplace - Credit 15

DMHA 606 Ethnic and cultural diversity - Credit 10

DMHA 607 Communication skills in Addiction and Mental Health - Credit 10

Entry Criteria

  • Have completed New Zealand Diploma in Health and Wellbeing (Applied Practice) - Level 5; OR Have a Diploma in Healthcare Studies - Level 5; OR Other equivalent education; OR

  • At least one year's practical work or voluntary experience in Addiction Support or related fields, including but not limited to, counselling, social work or nursing; and

  • When English is an applicant’s second language, they must have achieved IELTS score of 6 (average) with no band lower than 5.5 (or equivalent*).

    (Please note it is highly recommended that students contact the Domestic or International marketing coordinator for detailed information)


What Qualifications You Will Gain

Diploma in Mental Health and Addiction


For New Zealand Citizens and residents - $ 6,110

**Please note - A Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) of $500 is included in the total fee. 

For International students -  $ 20,156


Please get in contact with our team for detailed information about the fee structure.

Intake Dates

March 2020

June 2020

October 2020

Clinical Placement

This course includes 300 hours of Clinical Placement. 

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in a range of settings such as:

Justice/corrections, social services, residential and community. Roles may include - addiction support workers; mental health support workers, caseworkers; alcohol and
other drugs, or problem gambling counsellors; care coordinators/navigators; programme
facilitators; and night supervisors and healthcare workers.

Employment Locations would be including Community Support Centres, Rest homes, and Aged care facilities, Public Health Organisations, Hospitals, Iwi Support centres, Disability Support Centre, etc.

Education Pathways

Graduates may progress into higher level qualifications within addiction studies, mental health, disability and social service sector.



(A part of the Ascent Group of Institutes)

Call us today -

0800-244463 (Domestic);

+64-9-379 6628 (International)


City Campus - Level 1,2 Chancery Street, Auckland City - 1010

Epsom Campus - 190 Great South Road, Epsom, Auckland - 1023

East Tamaki Campus - 7 Springs Rd, East Tamaki, Auckland 2013

New Plymouth Campus - Level 1, 20 Pohutukawa Place, Bell Block, New Plymouth 4312

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