1 x 200-hour clinical placement per semester
1 x 8-hour clinical orientation per semester
1 x 4-hour independent study weekly
1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
6 x 2-hour on-line tutorials per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into GCACNGMH-Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing (Mental Health)
1a Admission into GDPNGMH-Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Mental Health)
1b Admission into MNGMH-Master of Nursing (Mental Health)
1c Admission into MNG/CR-Master of Nursing (Coursework and Research)
1d Admission into GDPMHN-Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing
1e Admission into MMHNCL-Master of Mental Health Nursing (Clinical)
2 ^ NURS8760 - Acute Mental Health Nursing Theory
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e) and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
NURS9539 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s); Placement.
Topic description

In this topic students will apply knowledge gained in previous topics and critique practice within an acute mental health setting.

Educational aims

This topic aims to engage students with:

  • Mental health systems of care, the practice of assessment of consumer and carer needs and recovery-based philosophies within an acute mental health setting
  • Practice in a range of therapeutic interventions and modalities of care
  • Legal issues related to care and consumer rights in an acute mental health setting
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Appraise current biomedical philosophies in relation to contemporary recovery-oriented practice
  2. Demonstrate consumer and carer focused practice in an acute mental health setting
  3. Demonstrate skills in the assessment of the mental health issues of individuals, differentiating between diagnostic classifications
  4. Use assessment tools common to mental health settings
  5. Demonstrate therapeutic interventions for individuals with acute and/or complex mental health problems
  6. Critically reflect on the legal and ethical requirements of the acute mental health setting
  7. Demonstrate mental health nursing practice according to the Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN 2010)