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CMH1008 - Issues for mental health

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Ms J Gray


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit provides an overview of the various policy contexts in community mental health practice (e.g. state, national and global). It addresses various practice paradigms of community mental health practice, emphasising the various patient groups, and the community based intervention strategies and models available.


Upon completion of this unit, the student should:

  1. Be familiar with the policy context of community mental health practice;
  2. Be able to understand various practice paradigms;
  3. Be able to understand the concept of need and competently do a need assessment and develop community intervention models;
  4. Be able to understand the skills needed for community mental health practice;
  5. Be able to critically understand the concepts of empowerment, consumer participation and collaborative practices; and
  6. Be able to develop a consumer focused understanding of mental health needs.


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