Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Enhances the learner’s understanding and capability to ensure the consumer's holistic physical health needs including sexual health, diet and exercise, are being addressed within holistic mental health assessment, diagnosis and interventions. Consumers of mental health services have significantly shorter life spans than those without mental health problems and this unit will critically explore the evidence around this. Explores the relationships between mental illness, pharmacological treatments, non-pharmacological and alternate treatments and physical health outcomes.

Unit content

  • Physical wellbeing of mental health consumers: inequality, lifespan and modifiable risk factors such as obesity, smoking, chronic health conditions
  • Barriers to healthy lifestyles for mental health consumers: poverty, homelessness, stigma, symptoms
  • Physical repercussions of pharmacological treatments and interventions including metabolic syndrome
  • Nutrition, exercise and mental health
  • Sexual health: assessment and interventions 
  • Eating disorders

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 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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