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CMH1006 - The context for mental health practice

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms J Gray


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides a comprehensive account of the historical facts about various systems and models of mental health care, and addresses the context in which mental health services are developed and delivered. The unit also covers the mental health policy framework in Australia and epidemiological information about the incidence of mental illness in Australia. There will be particular focus on the needs of indigenous persons and people from non-English speaking backgrounds. The various service models of the different Australian states and territories will be covered, as will the future direction of community mental health services in Australia.


On completion of this unit participants should:

  1. Have developed a working understanding of the context of mental health delivery.
  2. Have understood the community-based framework of mental health services.
  3. Understand the policy framework, epidemiological basis and basics of service systems in mental health services.
  4. Be able to develop an understanding of the special needs of patients from an indigenous and non-English speaking background.
  5. Be able to critically appraise the mental health service in Victoria through a case study.


Two written assignments (approx. 2,000 - 3,000 each)