Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Tessa Maguire


This unit will explore the social, political, legal, ethical and practice context of care for mentally disordered offenders. Clinical issues in forensic psychiatry and the needs of forensic mental health patients will be discussed. The knowledge and skills required by practitioners to assess and care for mentally disordered offenders will be developed.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors (including historic, social, legal, medical, ethical) that shape forensic mental health care;
  2. Identify the specialist issues (including knowledge, skills, policy, practice, contextual) in forensic psychiatry;
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required by forensic mental health practitioners in the assessment and care of mentally disordered offenders.


Workshop/Alternative Assessment 10%
one case study (1500 words) 15%
one assignment (1500 words) 15%+ Essay (3500 - 4000 wds) 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Adjunct Associate Professor Trish Martin

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day on-campus workshop.


Must be a registered nurse with a qualification in psychiatric nursing.