Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedBairnsdale Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA Gippsland), Mrs Karen Harder (Peninsula)


This unit provides the opportunity for the student to develop fundamental knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to the restoration and maintenance of optimal mental health. Students will be expected to assess people with mental health problems and to identify, prioritize and implement appropriate evidence based interventions. The guiding principles of the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce including: rights, responsibilities, safety and privacy, consumer and carer participation, awareness of diversity, early detection and intervention, ethical practice and professional responsibilities underpin the unit contents. Topics covered in this unit include: the mental health workforce, mental health and illness, psychiatric assessment, legal and ethical care, psychotropic medications, the mental health system, the consumer and carer movement, acute psychosis, mood disorders, peri-natal mental disorders, personality disorders and anxiety disorders.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss the concepts of mental health and mental illness with reference to historical and contemporary classification systems;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge of the Mental Health Act;
  3. conduct a mental status assessment and a risk assessment;
  4. describe the roles and functions of the members of the mental health workforce;
  5. describe the aetiological factors, epidemiology and clinical manifestations of a range of mental disorders including anxiety disorders, personality disorders, , mood disorders psychotic disorders and perinatal mental disorders;
  6. apply the knowledge of these factors in the care of clients and families of clients with mental health problems;
  7. demonstrate a knowledge of a range of psychotherapeutic interventions;
  8. discuss ethical issues which pertain to mental health care;
  9. communicate effectively with people who are experiencing disturbances of thoughts, feelings and behaviour; and
  10. demonstrate cultural sensitivity and safety in mental health practice.


Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week


Written assignment: 25%
On line quizzes: 15%
Formal examination: 60%
Clinical Assessment: Pass/fail
100% attendance mandatory .
Students must attend 100% of all scheduled tutorials - refer to school clinical guidelines for details.

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Karen Harder

Contact hours

Two (2) hours lecture per week
Two (2) hr tutorial per week
One (1) hour for self directed reading and quizzes per week
Two (2) - five (5) hours of private study weekly
Clincial placement - 80 hours


NUR1101, NUR1102


Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) Bachelor of Nursing Practice, Bachelor of Nursing Practice/Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Midwifery