NUR2107 - Person centred mental health care - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Eddie Robinson

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)


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 hours per week


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

Guided learning activities:

  • one hour per week

Online quizzes:

  • one hour per week

Self-directed learning:

  • six 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.