Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment - Case Study (40%) , Online Discussion (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit concentrates on the legislation and policies that govern the administration of Forensic Mental Health services in Queensland. Policies affecting policing practices, the operation of the Mental Health Court and associated review procedures, and the delivery of services in both Health and Correctional systems are examined in some detail. The unit also compares Queensland legislation and policies with those governing selected interstate and overseas forensic mental health systems.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  understand the role of law and policy in shaping and constraining forensic mental health practice;
2  gain familiarity with the sources and types of relevant law and policy, and factors contributing to their development over time and in different jurisdictions;
3  identify and engage with specific law and policy applicable in forensic mental health settings;
4  identify, locate and understand relevant law, including interpreting legislation and case law;
5  critically analyse current law/ policy debates/ problems in forensic mental health;
6  demonstrate skills in research, written communication, and critical analysis.

  • Assignment — Case Study (40%)
  • Online Discussion (30%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (30%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7101 — Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies
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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.

1Introduction and Overview
2Sources and types of Law
3Criminal Law
4Mental Health Considerations in Criminal Law
5Mental Health Law & Policy
6Forensic Mental Health Law and Policy
7Initial Contact with the Criminal Justice System
8Pre-Trial and Trial
11Post-release Considerations
12New Directions in Forensic Mental Health
13Review Week & Case Study Preparation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.

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