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SCU OnlineStudy Period 6Study Period 6

Unit description

Explores the roles of the mental health professional in the 21st century, within the context of mental health outside of, but articulating with tertiary services.  Learners will critically explore the growing role and opportunities for their discipline within the Non-Government and primary health sectors and will deconstruct consumers’ experiences of care within those settings.

Unit content

  • Key stakeholders and funding streams within primary care and non-government contexts
  • Relationships between the recovery and medical models and experienced consumer care
  • Stepped care and integrated care pathways: barriers, enablers and required capabilities
  • Vulnerable mental health consumer groups within the community
  • Lived experience and its impact on therapeutic relationships and within professionalised roles.

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify and critique the policy and funding context of mental health service provision in primary mental health care and non-government organisation sectorsIntellectual rigour
2integrate paradigms of service delivery ranging from the recovery to medical models and how these models translate to the non-government and primary health service delivery to consumersKnowledge of a discipline
3deconstruct stepped care, its barriers and opportunities and its impact on consumers and their familiesIntellectual rigour
4analyse the range of interventions within primary health settings and the impact of these interventions for at least one vulnerable group within the communityCultural competence
5critically discuss the role of ‘lived experience’ of mental illness and distress in informing policy and practice of mental health care including mutual self-help, peer support and advocacyKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and critique the policy and funding context of mental health service provision in primary mental health care and non-government organisation sectors
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. integrate paradigms of service delivery ranging from the recovery to medical models and how these models translate to the non-government and primary health service delivery to consumers
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. deconstruct stepped care, its barriers and opportunities and its impact on consumers and their families
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. analyse the range of interventions within primary health settings and the impact of these interventions for at least one vulnerable group within the community
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. critically discuss the role of ‘lived experience’ of mental illness and distress in informing policy and practice of mental health care including mutual self-help, peer support and advocacy
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Assessment
Critical review30%
Consumer focussed treatment plan60%
Discussion board10%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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