Contemporary Mental Health Practice - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Practice-based assignment (30%) , Assignment 2 - Case Study (50%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
HECS 793.00

This course provides students with information about mental health policy and legislation, mental health systems and mental health practice in Australia.

HSV7037 Contemporary Mental Health Practice aims to introduce students to the Key mental health policies and frameworks that are used to guide mental health service delivery. Mental health practice environments are explored with a focus on the skills required for students to work effectively in interprofessional environments.

Students will review research and best practice information about providing mental health support to specific consumer groups including child and youth, older persons, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Understand the key mental health policies, frameworks and guidelines used in the mental health area.
  2. Utilise specialist knowledge of mental health legislation within mental health practice.
  3. Apply skills and approaches to work collaboratively in an interprofessional work environment.
  4. Understand mental health systems and the mental health practice environment.
  5. Assess support needs of people with a mental illness from a holistic and strengths based perspective.
  6. Articulate knowledge regarding the experiences and understanding of mental distress within specific groups of consumers, including child and youth, older persons, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Assignment 1 — Practice-based assignment (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Case Study (50%)
  • Quiz — Short Answer (20%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work degree required

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Mental Health Policy in Australia
2Legal and Ethical Context
3Mental Health Practice Environments
4Mental Health Workforce
5Mental Health Practice
6Support Services
7Risk Assessment and Management
8Formulation and Documentation
9Child and Youth Mental Health
10Older Persons Mental Health
11Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
12Mental health and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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