Contemporary Mental Health Practice - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sem 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Practice-based assignment (30%) , Assignment 2 - Case Study (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,188.00
HECS 782.00

This course provides students with information about mental health systems, legal frameworks and policy initiatives, and explores models of recovery, rehabilitation, intervention and psycho-education within different organisation structures.

HSV7037 Contemporary Mental Health Practice aims to introduce students to the practices and structures that contribute to policy formulation and the organisation of mental health service delivery. Students will examine how social policies impact significantly on service provision for people with mental health difficulties and their families, and critically analyse how policies are implemented and applied in a practice setting. Mental health practice environments are explored with a focus on skills required for students to work effectively in interprofessional environments. Students will also review research and best practice information about providing mental health support to specific consumer groups including drug and alcohol users, child, adolescent and ageing consumers and people from indigenous and multicultural backgrounds.

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Undertake a critical analysis of mental health policies in key areas of income, employment, education and housing and the impact of these on the lives of people with a mental illness.
  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. Formulate an individual professional approach to working within mental health interprofessional settings through a unique professional practice framework statement.
  5. Assess support needs of consumers from a holistic perspective and explore services and supports available in your local area designed to meet these needs.
  6. Articulate advanced knowledge regarding the experiences and understanding of mental distress within specific groups of consumers, including older people, children and young people, and people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural 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.

  • Broadband access — Students must be able to access the learning@griffith site for this unit
  • Other special requirement — Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work degree required

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Mental Health Policy in Australia
2Mental Health Legislation
3Income Support
4Education and Employment
6The Mental Health Workforce
7Skills for Mental Health Workers
8Mental Health Practice Environments
9Substance Use and Mental Health
10Child and Adolescent Mental Health
11Mental Health and Ageing
12Mental health and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
13Mental health and First Australians and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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 a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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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