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ANP5004 Emergency Mental Health and Reproductive Health Care

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Cheryl Ross
Moderator: Cheryl Perrin

Other requisites

Pre-requisite: The enrolling student must be a registered nurse.


This course prepares registered nurses to respond to two common yet distressing and potentially life-threatening sets of health problems in a rural and remote context. These are mental health emergencies, and reproductive health problems. Both have been identified as key areas of health concern, with rural and remote areas having higher rates of these health problems compounded in many instances by an absence of specialist services.


This three module course focuses on the legal parameters of rural and remote practice initially, followed by the emergency management of clients with mental health problems relevant to rural and/or remote contexts. Reproductive health concerns are addressed in the third module of the course, together with appropriate nursing responses to clients and their partners (where appropriate) in the face of reproductive health problems. The course also provides the opportunity for registered nurses to demonstrate advanced competence in communication skills and collaborative practice. Students are required to complete a minimum of eight days of clinical experience, comprised of five days in a mental health service and three days at a sexual/reproductive health clinic as part of this course.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. establish a climate of practice conducive to the development of collaborative relationships;
  2. demonstrate competence in the emergency care of the mentally ill client;
  3. identify and respond appropriately to acute reproductive health problems, within the scope of practice of the isolated practice nurse;
  4. utilise knowledge of socio-cultural contexts of rural and remote communities on the mental and sexual health of people living in these areas;
  5. provide information/education on acute mental and reproductive health issues.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Module 1 - Emergency Mental Health Care including suicide; family abuse; drug and alcohol; depression, psychosis 40.00
2. Module 2 - Legal and Ethical Issues Relating to Rural and Remote Nursing Practice 20.00
3. Module 3 - Emergency Sexual and Reproductive Health including women's health assessment; sexual health, contraception; rape/sexual assault 40.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Family Planning NSW 2006, Reproductive and Sexual Health: an Australian clinical practice handbook, FPNSW, Ashfield, NSW.
    ((available to order online: <>).)
  • Mohr, WK 2009, 2009 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: evidence based concepts, skills and practices, 7th edn, Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Sydney.
  • Sexual Health & Family Planning Australia 2008, Contraception: an Australian clinical handbook, 2nd edn, SHFPA, Canberra, ACT.
    ((available to order online:<>).)
  • Usher, K, Foster, K & Bullock, S 2009, Psychopharmacology for health professionals, Elsevier, Australia.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 52.00
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE QUIZ (MH) 40 40 30 Sep 2013
ONLINE QUIZ (RH) 40 40 30 Sep 2013
ONLINE DISCUSSION 10 4 25 Oct 2013 (see note 1)

  1. These topics will be posted on StudyDesk throughout Semester 2.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no on campus attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students are required to complete up to eight days of supervised clinical practice dependent on context of current clinical experience. Students who are currently employed in a rural or remote facility can organise to be assessed for their emergency mental health care competency by a Community Mental Health Nurse, a member of a Rural Mental Health Care Team or a psychologist or a social worker. Students who are not currently in a rural or remote nursing setting will be required to spend one week in a rural or remote facility to gain their emergency mental health competency assessment. The emergency reproductive health care clinical can be undertaken at either a Sexual Health Clinic or through a mobile women's health facility (MWHU). During these clinical placements, students will have to demonstrate mastery of the competencies or observation only clinics, as directed and detailed in the Clinical Evaluation Forms developed by USQ for this specific purpose. For the mental health component mastery can be assessed by a suitably qualified mental health nurse facilitator, a psychologist or a social worker. For the reproductive health component competency can be assessed by suitably qualified sexual health nurse or a medical officer.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% for that item except for the attendance of the clinical component of the Clinical & Reflection MH and RH that require 100% for each.

    To complete the clinical experience Clinical & Reflection MH and RH) satisfactorily, students must demonstrate that they have completed the required hours and achieved the stipulated competency standards. Failure to demonstrate these competencies will result in a Fail grade for this course. Online discussion forums are part of a professional standard expected at a post-graduate level and will be assessed accordingly. It is an expectation that all students will participate fully in both mental health and reproductive health forums and display high quality scholarly discussion. These discussion forums will be awarded marks toward the final assessment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a pass in this course students must attempt (Online quiz MH & RH) and achieve an aggregate of 50% of the marks available for the course and satisfactorily complete each clinical assessment component (Clinical & Reflection MH & RH).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. The preferred submission of assessments is via EASE.

  2. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  3. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the Examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives after a period of non directed personal study.

  5. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

Other requirements

  1. Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.