Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health


Ms Jill Gray




The unit will provide a basic understanding of scientific research in mental health and the methods of evaluation of the practice. There will be topics on medical and biopsychosocial models, psychodynamic principles, cognitive-behavioural models, and role of prevention in mental health. The unit also covers the process involved in multi-disciplinary team functioning, role of other stakeholders, consumers and the function of various disciplines. There will be an emphasis on understanding the mental health care system and various service models and the subject will conclude with an integration of all topics covered in the context of community mental health service. Content includes:

  • Scientific Research in Mental Health.
  • Evaluation in mental health practice.
  • The medical and biopsychosocial models.
  • Psychodynamic thinking.
  • Cognitive behavioural models.
  • Prevention and stress- diathesis models.
  • Function
  • Understanding teams: Multidisciplinary Teamwork.
  • Understanding other participants in the system: perspectives from different stakeholders.
  • Understanding mental health care systems; model services.
  • The perspective of the consumer.
  • Summary and integration.


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

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of scientific research and evaluation methods in mental health.
  2. Have achieved sufficient knowledge base on medical and biopsychosocial models, psychodynamic models, cognitive-behavioural models and stress-diathesis models.
  3. Have a functional knowledge of multi-disciplinary teamwork and processes and critically appraise the perspective of other stakeholders.
  4. Be able to describe various mental health care systems and models of service.
  5. Be able to integrate all concepts in the mental health practice with the systems and model of service delivery.


Essay (3,500 words) (60%)
Applied Learning Exercise (1,750 words) (30%)
On-Campus Workshop / Alternative Assessment (10%)

Participation in a minimum of 5 Moodle discussions.
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.