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CMH1007 - Concepts in mental health illness

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms L Andary


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit will provide a basic understanding of scientific research in mental health and the methods of evaluation of clinical practice. There will be topics addressing the medical and biopsychosocial models, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioural models and the role of prevention in mental health. The unit will also cover the processes involved in multi-disciplinary team functioning, the roles of other stakeholders and consumers, and the function of various disciplines.


On completion of this unit the student should:

  1. Have a basic understanding about scientific research and evaluation methods in mental health.
  2. Have achieved sufficient knowledge base on medical and biopsychosocial models, psychodynamic models, cognitive-behavioural models and stress-diathesis models.
  3. Have a functional understanding of multi-disciplinary teamwork and processes and critically understand the perspective of other stakeholders.
  4. Learn and understand various mental health care systems and models of service.
  5. Be able to integrate all concepts in the mental health practice with the systems and model of service delivery.


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