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MHN5160 Advanced Mental Health Nursing 2

Semester 1, 2015 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Examiner: Don Gorman
Moderator: Cheryl Ross


As nurses work in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams it is important they have a good grounding in the accepted nomenclature as well as an understanding of its limitations. Specialist mental health nurses need a thorough understanding of current approaches to mental health care including different service models, as well as emerging trends in care. These nurses also need to recognise that there is a cultural basis to the interpretation of behaviour and that conventional psychiatry may have limitations for people with non-English speaking backgrounds.


This course builds on the learning about theoretical perspectives, the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health workforce and the ACMHN Standards of Practice for Australian Mental Health Nurses 2010 in MHN5120. The nurses' understanding of mental illness and the conventional psychological interventions, physical treatments and psychopharmacology as well as current issues, such as, mainstreaming and integration will be explored. They will be enabled to critically evaluate alternative, holistic and empowering approaches to the care of clients from across the lifespan in a range of settings including community, rehabilitation, acute inpatient and specialty areas, with an emphasis on inter-cultural care. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge and develop the related skills and attitudes appropriate when working with a person with a mental illness utilising the theoretical perspectives and standards of practice covered in MHN5120.


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

  1. contribute to the provision of mental health services identified in the government strategic directions
  2. assess and care for a person experiencing a mental illness
  3. apply knowledge of the needs of special groups of people with mental health problems
  4. demonstrate skill in creation of culturally relevant interventions to promote and maintain mental health of diverse cultural groups, families, individuals and communities
  5. apply knowledge of current issues in mental health to their practice
  6. facilitate client centred collaboration between institutional and community services
  7. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mental illness and nursing care including assessment and discharge planning 25.00
2. Mental Health Service: - Government policy - Service models - Non-government organisations - Consumer participation 45.00
3. Cross-cultural Mental Health Nursing - Culture - Culture and mental health/illness - Working with people from different cultural backgrounds - Working with interpreters 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses 1995, Standards of practice for Australian mental health nurses 2010,
    (Click on PUBLICATIONS and then click on Standards of Practice NOTE: These Standards are in the process of review. Online access ensures that access to the most recent edition is used.).)
  • Happell, B, Cowin, L, Roper, C, Foster, K & McMaster, R 2008, Introducing mental health nursing consumer-oriented approach, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest.
  • Sadock, B, & Sadock, V 2007, Kaplan and Sadock?s synopsis of psychiatry: behavioral sciences/clinical psychiatry, 10th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.
  • Sadock, B, Sadock, V & Ruiz, P 2011, Study Guide and Self-Examination Review in Psychiatry, 9th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore.

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.
  • Burdekin, B, Guilfoyle, M & Hall, D 1993, Human Rights and Mental Illness: Report of the National Inquiry into the Human Rights of People with Mental Illness, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.
  • Eckermann, A, Dowd, T, Chong, E, Nixon, L, Gray, R & Johnson 2010, Binan goonj: Bridging cultures in Aboriginal health, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.
  • Kotowicz, Z 1997, RD Laing and the Paths of Anti-Psychiatry, Routledge, London.
  • Reid, J & Trompf, P (eds) 1990, The Health of Immigrant Australia: A Social Perspective, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Marrickville, NSW.
  • Reid, J & Trompf, P (eds) 1991, The Health of Aboriginal Australia, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Sydney.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 56.00
Private Study 104.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
3000 WORD ASSIGNMENT 1 100 50 11 May 2015
2000 WORD ASSIGNMENT 2 100 50 08 Jun 2015

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no 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.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item (3000 WORD ASSIGNMENT 1, 2000 WORD ASSIGNMENT 2) which indicates that they have achieved the objectives assessed on the assessment item at an appropriate level as determined by the Examiner based on the Examiner's best professional judgement.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least weighted aggregated grade of C (50% for each item). Point of equivalence for individual assessment item is to be converted into a percentage based on the weighting of each assessment item. The percentages of each assessment item are to be combined to calculate a final grade.

  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:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched within 24 hours of receiving a request from the Examiner to do so.

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

  4. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  5. APA is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //