8 x 3-hour tutorials per semester
8 x 13-hour independent studies per semester
1 Admission into BNGU-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
1a Admission into BNGUC-Bachelor of Nursing (Preregistration)
2 NURS1001 - Introduction to the Nursing Profession and Independent Learning
3 Admission into BNGG-Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry)
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a) and 2) or (3))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of NURS2021, NURS2108 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s); On-line quizzes.
Topic description
This topic focuses on the interplay between physical and mental aspects of a person's wellbeing, and develops students' understanding of this interplay in order to provide therapeutic nursing care.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of a person's wellbeing; specifically, the relationship between physical and mental health, and including carers' perspectives

  • develop a basic understanding of the aetiology and manifestations of common mental illnesses (e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and dementia)

  • develop an understanding the principles of the recovery approach to mental health care

  • develop skills to recognise and respond to the mental health needs of an individual.

Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • critically discuss contemporary issues in health care (for example, access to services, access and equity, consumer and carer perspectives, rural and remote issues, Indigenous mental health)

  • explain the nexus between health and mental illness

  • critically discuss common assumptions about mental health and mental illness and the evidence that supports/disputes these assumptions

  • be critically aware of their own attitudes and values regarding mental illness

  • describe a range of evidence-based therapeutic modalities for promoting a person's mental health and recovery from mental illness, including pharmacological approaches

  • describe the contributions of members of an IP healthcare team to a person's mental health care

  • implement basic strategies for managing the care of a person experiencing mental illness

  • articulate strategies for communicating with people experiencing mental illness (for example, fostering therapeutic relationships

  • list and describe the elements and significance of a mental health assessment for the purpose of treatment and recovery

  • list the responsibilities of registered nurses to mental health clients as discussed in the codes of professional practice and ethics.