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
OfferedBairnsdale First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Annie Churchilland Mr Charanjit 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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should 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.

Workload requirements

  • 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).

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.