Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Karen Harder (Peninsula), Dr Ruth Desouza (Berwick), TBA (Clayton).


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, prioritise and implement appropriate evidence based interventions and management strategies.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. discuss concepts of mental health and mental illness
  2. describe services available for consumers with mental illness
  3. identify the impact of stigma on consumers and their carers
  4. identify and respond to consumer specific issues such as culture, age and gender to optimise therapeutic communication
  5. describe and discuss Mental Status Examination (MSE) and risk assessments conducted with clients who are experiencing disturbances in thought, mood, behaviour and perception
  6. discuss the utilisation of the legal and ethical issues related to the care of clients when admitted under the Victorian Mental Health Act (2014)
  7. describe the aetiological factors, epidemiology and clinical manifestations of a range of disorders including affective disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, child and adolescent issues and cognititive issues in the elderly client
  8. describe a range of therapeutic modalities utilised in the care and treatment of people with mental health issues and disorders.


Essay (2,000 words) (30%)
5 x Online quizzes (10%)
Examination (2 hours) (60%) (Hurdle x 1 attempt permitted)
80% Attendance at tutorials (Hurdle)

Workload requirements


  • two (2) hours per week


  • two (2) hours per week (with a minimum of 80% attendance requirement)

Guided learning activities:

  • one (1) hour per week

Online quizzes:

  • one (1) hour per week

Self-directed learning:

  • six (6) hours per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 4514.