Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 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
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedBairnsdale First semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)TBA(Gippsland), Charin Singh (Peninsula)


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 are expected to 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 substance related disorders, child and adolescent mental disorders, cognitive disorders, aged persons mental health, eating disorders, sexual disorder and somatoform 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


Clinical Placement two (2) weeks (80 hours)


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Two (2) hours of lecture per week
Two (2) hours of tutorial per week.
One (1) hour per week for self directed reading and quiz
Two (2) five (5) hours of private study per week
Two (2) weeks of clinical placement at five (5) days/week (based on an 8 hour day/40 hour week, 80 hours in total)



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