Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedNot offered in 2013


The unit will examine the theory and practice of mental health service delivery in primary health care. It will consider the skills and knowledge required to improve the delivery of mental health services in primary care environments. Strategies for service planning, including needs analysis, project management and service evaluation will be explored. The impact on service provision of organisational and professional cultures and boundaries will be examined along with philosophies that shape service delivery within primary care. Service delivery models and clinical models of prevention, early intervention and health promotion will be explored. Effective client intervention strategies of counselling, motivational interviewing, behavioural intervention and problem solving will also be addressed.

Contents includes:

  • An overview of the mental health service system
  • National and international trends in primary care
  • The concepts of early intervention, prevention, health promotion
  • Understanding partnership: cultures, cooperation and service boundaries
  • Service planning - needs analysis and program development, program implementation and evaluation
  • Special needs clients
  • Intervention strategies - Motivational interviewing, problem solving techniques, behavioural interventions


At the completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. Developed their awareness of current philosophies and the policies driving mental health practice in primary care;
  2. An understanding of the concepts of prevention, early intervention and health promotion in mental health;
  3. Developed an understanding of the key function and skills required of primary mental health practitioners;
  4. An appreciation of the roles of the key stakeholders in primary care; and
  5. An awareness of the evidence supporting the intervention strategies relevant to primary mental health service delivery.


Essay (60%)
Applied Learning Exercise (30%)
On-Campus Workshop (10%)
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day workshop