Explores aspects of Indigenous mental and spiritual care in relation to terms, definitions and diagnoses used in the area of Australia's mental health services. Personal, social, and political issues impacting on the psychological wellbeing of Indigenous people will be examined with special emphasis on appropriate health worker responses to recognised mental illnesses, trauma, substance and physical abuse patterns within Indigenous families, communities and mainstream society.
Topic 1 Historical background
Topic 2 Wellbeing, cross cultural perspectives
Topic 3 Classification and assessment
Topic 4 Families, anxiety and stress
Topic 5 Violence and families
Topic 6 Losin' it: delirium, dementia and drugs
Topic 7 Voices and visions
Topic 8 Getting it together and healing Glossary
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||discuss the ethics involved in working with a person with mental health problems||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|2||provide cross-cultural perspectives on mental health and ill health, using both Indigenous Australian and western psychiatric frameworks||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|3||describe, from an Indigenous perspective, a range of common disorders or states of ill health||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|4||identify and describe a range of culturally safe healing approaches to assist individuals and communities towards mental, emotional, spiritual and cultural health.||Creativity||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Tutorial online 2 hours (12 weeks)|
|Presentation and Participation||50%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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