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Postgraduate | UND-NURS4027-2023

Role of the Mental Health Practitioner in Acute Psychiatry

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


13 weeks

Start dates

  • 20 Feb 2023
  • 24 July 2023

Price from


Upfront cost


FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

On completion of this subject students should be able to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Devise a plan of care for the acutely mentally unwell person that reflects a holistic examination and assessment of the individual.
  2. Create documents that demonstrate the access pathways and resources for the management of clients with psychiatric illnesses’
  3. Design a crisis intervention plan detailing how this is informed by crisis intervention theories
  4. Create a strategy to increase public awareness of mental health matters outlining contemporary treatment practices and psychosocial interventions in Australia
  5. Deconstruct one’s own biases and assumptions of mental illness reflecting awareness and knowledge of one’s own understanding
    • Role of the mental health practitioner
    • Interpersonal communication
    • Holistic model of care
    • Mental health laws
    • Community mental health
    • Psychosocial interventions
  • The subject will examine current trends and practice in delivering psychiatric care to people suffering acute mental illness. Emphasis on treatment and care options within tertiary, secondary and community settings will highlight ways in which healthcare agencies partner with other organisations and services such as General Practitioners and Police. Students will debate and reflect the ethical considerations inherent in determining a variety of hospital and community based treatments. This course is informed by current legislation.

  • Participation - Online Discussion Board/Forum - Online Reflection and Discussion - 20% Written Essay - 2000-3000 Word Essay - 40% Practical Presentation - Presentation Uploaded to LMS - 20% Examination - LMS Based Online Test - 20%

    • Online reflection and discussion (20%)
    • 2000-3000 word essay (40%)
    • Presentation uploaded to LMS (20%)
    • LMS based online test (20%)
  • For textbook details check your university's handbook, website or learning management system (LMS).

  • The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to delivering an excellent student experience, alongside a high standard of teaching, research, and training. As a leader in ethical education, Notre Dame aims to develop students’ critical reasoning and their ability to make ethical decisions—crucial skills to progressing their careers and leading purposeful lives. At Notre Dame, students navigate their future with an ethical education online.

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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • UND-MHA-GCE-2023 - Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing and Allied Health
  • UND-MHA-GDI-2023 - Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing and Allied Health

Prior study

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

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees