SCU OnlineStudy Period 5Study Period 5

Unit description

Explores the experiences of people with complex mental health presentations, comorbidity and risk behaviours. Learners will critically explore mental health treatments and models to formulate collaborative responses that meet and are reflective of consumer need. Learners will critically explore and apply risk management tools and principles, demonstrate an applied and critical understanding of the legal, policy and ethical frameworks that applies to acute mental health practice.

Unit content

  • Ethics and mental health law
  • Acute care conditions, assessment, interventions and the skills of engagement
  • Comorbidity
  • Risk within acute mental health care settings
  • Trauma-informed 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

Prescribed texts

Study Period 5

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

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Critical review40%
Treatment Plan50%
Discussion board critical reflection10%

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

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Fee information


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

Fee paying courses
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