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Mental Health (7554.3)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Disciplines of Nursing & Midwifery



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    One in five people in Australia will develop some form of mental illness. This unit focuses on a number of areas designed to enhance students knowledge and understanding of mental illness in our society. It explores the major types of mental illness and some of the approaches used in the treatment of these; the impact of stigma on those suffering from mental illness, the assessment of risk and some of the ethical dilemmas faced by practitioners and consumers. Students will have the opportunity to meet consumers of the mental health services and interact with them in tutorials and seminars. The unit will challenge students belief systems and prejudices about the nature of mental illness and the people who suffer from it.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the impact of mental illness on individuals and families in our society

    2. Describe the major types of mental illnesses and the common approaches to their care and treatment

    3. Apply knowledge and skills covered in this unit to the assessment and planning of nursing care

    Contact Hours

    Up to three hours per lecture and tutorials.



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