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), Case study
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

This topic aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of a person's wellbeing; specifically, the relationship between physical and mental health, and including carers' perspectives.

Students will develop a basic understanding of the aetiology and manifestations of common mental illnesses (e.g. depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and dementia) and an understanding of the principles of the recovery approach to mental health care.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Discuss the nexus between health and mental illness and analyse contemporary issues in health care (for example, access to services, access and equity, consumer and carer perspectives, rural and remote issues, Indigenous mental health)
  2. Critically analyse common assumptions from self and society about mental health and mental illness and the evidence that supports/disputes these assumptions
  3. Evaluate the elements and significance of a mental health assessment for the purpose of nursing a person with mental health issues to facilitate recovery
  4. Describe a range of skills needed as an RN for promoting a person's mental health and recovery from mental illness, including communication, pharmacological approaches, and recognising the limitations of the RN role in order to refer to specialist services

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.