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LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit aim

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, psychosocial and interpersonal knowledge, cultural sensitivity and capabilities.

Unit content

  • Historical developments in mental health, mental illness and mental health nursing
  • Trauma-informed care in mental health
  • Models of mental health and illness
  • Mental health legislation, ethics and human rights
  • Holistic assessment and therapeutic use of self
  • Talk-based psychosocial interventions and interpersonal counselling
  • Mood disorders: bipolar and depression
  • Psychotic disorders: assessment, planning and interventions
  • Anxiety and anxiety-related disorders
  • Pharmaco-therapeutics in the care and management of chronic and acute psychiatric disorders
  • Overview of the Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders [DSM5]
  • Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit [IPCU]: high dependency care
  • Seclusion and restraint
  • Home and community-based care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and healing concepts
  • Preparation for PEP5

As part of the unit, students will also be required to attend a two-week (80hr) Professional Experience Placement in a mental health setting.

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

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Evans, K, Nizette, D, & O'Brien, A (eds), 2017, Psychiatric and mental health nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood. ISBN: 9780729542319.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr  (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 80 hrs (Across session 3)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book50%
Professional experience placementSR
Mental State Assessment - Descriptive Nursing Report20%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 80 hrs (Across session 3)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book50%
Professional experience placementSR
Mental State Assessment - Descriptive Nursing Report20%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Community/Professional placement 80 hrs (Across session 3)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Assessment
Presentation30%
Exam: closed book50%
Professional experience placementSR
Mental State Assessment - Descriptive Nursing Report20%
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.