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NUR3104 - Mental Health Practice 2

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Mrs Sue Henderson (Gippsland) & Mr Charanjit Singh (Peninsula)


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Mildura First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will further develop the student's knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the restoration and maintenance of optimal mental health and recovery from mental illness. Students are expected to care for people with selected mental disorders including psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, delirium and dementia, and substance-related disorders. Emphasis is placed upon empowerment of the individual and caregiver using the stress/vulnerability model and carer based management. The unit also encompasses management of aggression, crisis intervention and case management, the importance of self care.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe a range of therapeutic modalities utilised in mental health treatment and care
  2. Employ selected cognitive and behavioural techniques in the care and management of people with mental health problems and mental disorders
  3. Describe the aetiological factors, epidemiology and clinical manifestations of a range of disorders including psychotic disorders, dissociative disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, delirium and dementia, and substance-related disorders
  4. Apply the knowledge of these factors in the care of clients and families of clients with mental health problems
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of a range of psychotherapeutic interventions
  6. Discuss ethical issues which pertain to psychiatric and mental health nursing
  7. Communicate effectively with people who are experiencing disturbances of thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  8. Demonstrate accountability and a satisfactory knowledge base for safe practice in mental health settings
  9. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and safety in mental health nursing practice


Written Assessment 25%
Tutorial worksheets: 15%
Examination: 60%
Students must attend 90% of all scheduled laboratories - refer to school clinical guidelines for details.

Contact hours

4 hours per week


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