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Health Across the Lifespan: Mental Health (10197.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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The unit introduces students to the concepts of mental health and mental illness across the life span with a particular focus on developmental periods of vulnerability. In addition the unit will consider the scope of mental health practice in Australia from promotion and prevention through to recovery based models of care. Students will develop the skills of mental health assessment, psychological and pharmacological interventions required to provide safe care to people with mental illness and to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Describe concepts of mental health and mental illness across the life span;

2. Identify the developmental stages that increase a person's vulnerability to mental health problems;

3. Describe and discuss the continuum of mental health practice from promotion and prevention through to recovery models of care;

4. Conduct mental health and risk assessment; and

5. Critically apply psychological and pharmacological interventions.

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Contact Hours

3 hours per week consisting of 2 hour interactive workshop and 1 hour online pre-workshop preparation.


10192 Narratives of Illness and Well-being OR
9066 Nursing Caring


Must be enrolled in 364JA Bachelor of Nursing or 365JA Bachelor of Nursing Advanced.

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