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Introduction to Mental Health (9044.2)

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

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Nursing


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    • Semester 1, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (176156) - View
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    One in five people in Australia will develop a mental illness in their life time. The unit introduces students to the concepts of mental health, mental illness and dementia, and considers how the experience of mental illness and dementia can affect people's lives. Students also examine the major interventions for mental illness and substance use disorder, including the pharmacological and psychological therapies, and how these interventions can be applied in practice.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Discuss the prevalence of mental illness and dementia in Australia;

    2. Analyse the effects of stigma on people affected by mental illness;

    3. Respond appropriately to people who are affected by mental illness, including consumers, family members or carers, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse cultures; and

    4. Clarify the major issues when caring for people with a substance use issue.

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