The online ATAPS CMHS professional development training course is intended to both up-skill the current ATAPS workforce and extend the skills and knowledge of more experienced mental health professionals in order to work effectively with children (aged between birth-11 years of age) who have, or are at risk of developing, a mental disorder and their families. 

Upon completing this training course and after successfully completing the required assessment tasks for each topic, mental health professionals will be eligible to work under the ATAPS CMHS.

The total time required to complete the online training program is approximately 32 hours, with considerable additional resources. There is no cost involved for eligible ATAPS providers. 







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Who is Eligible

The following mental health workers who are working for Medicare Locals are eligible to provide services under the ATAPS Child Mental Health Service:

  • Psychologists;
  • Social Workers;
  • Mental Health Nurses;
  • Occupational Therapists; and
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers.

Successful completion of Part A - Fundamentals of CMHS Training is a mandatory requirement for any allied health professional wanting to provide this ATAPS service. (Note, RPL processes are in place and outlined in Cluster 1, module 1).

How to register for the training

The CMHS Training is available through the APS eLearning system at no cost to participants or organisations involved in the ATAPS Child Mental Health Service.

Further information is available in this FAQ

Recognition of Prior Learning

A Recognition of Prior Learning process has been developed to enable mental health professionals who possess the appropriate qualifications, training and knowledge to deliver services under the ATAPS CMHS, to be exempted from the requirement to undertake some or all of the ATAPS CMHS online training. Applications are assessed by the APS Clinical Support Service. Download application form.

For more information, contact that Clinical Support Service via phone on 1800 894 868 or email, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm EST.