Unit description

Builds upon foundational knowledge and skills in mental health care and extends student understanding of mental health concepts and care of clients with acute and long-term mental health and psychiatric problems. Students will be provided the opportunity to develop skills in assessment and intervention inclusive of advanced pharmacological, psycho-social and inter-personal knowledge and capabilities.

Unit content

  • Introduction to mental health and illness
  • Models of mental health and illness
  • Mental health legislation, ethics and human rights
  • Holistic assessment and therapeutic use of self
  • Talk-based and psychosocial interventions and interpersonal counselling
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychotic disorders: assessment, planning and interventions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics in the care and management of chronic and acute psychiatric disorders
  • Overview of the DSMIV
  • IPCU: high dependency care
  • Seclusion and restraint
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and healing
  • Home and community-based care

Learning outcomes

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

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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