PGC5117 - Mental health - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Elizabeth Morabito


Ms Elizabeth Morabito

Quota applies

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Unit guides






Previously coded PGP5017


The Mental Health unit covers the aetiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, pharmacological and non -pharmacological treatment of common mental health conditions including:

  • anxiety & obsessional disorders
  • depression, postpartum depression & psychosis
  • schizophrenia
  • bipolar disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

and the services available within the Australian mental healthcare system to assist in their management.

This unit encompasses the pharmacist's role in the management of medication related problems and the required clinical monitoring associated with the care of patients, with these mental health conditions.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of common mental health conditions, the associated pharmacological and non -pharmacological treatment options and the required clinical monitoring.
  2. Provide professional evidence based advice and education to patients, carers and healthcare professionals about pharmacological and non -pharmacological treatment options, potential side effects of psychotropics and clinical monitoring relevant to common mental health conditions.
  3. Identify and manage medication related problems in patients with common mental conditions in the context of best available evidence.
  4. Critically evaluate currently available treatments (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) used in the management of patients with common mental health conditions.
  5. Inform and refer patients to relevant mental care health services where appropriate.
  6. Critically reflect on their individual learning process and progress in clinical competence.


Online tasks (Participation in online discussions of clinical case studies and completion of online quiz): 50%

Written assignment 1: 15%

Written assignment 2: 20%

Written assignment 3: 15%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in online discussion boards or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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