|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Psychology and Wellbeing|
|Student contribution band :||2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||24 May 2022|
In 1996 the Australian Health Ministers' Advisory Council agreed to the formulation of national health priorities for Australia. Mental Health has remained on this list of priorities ever since. Given the ongoing emphasis on the need to better understand and manage mental health issues in Australian society, it is incumbent upon professionals in the human services to be cognisant of the factors that influence mental health in order to be able to respond appropriately to the needs of service users and promote mental wellness.
This course will enable participants to trace and critically examine social factors that promote mental health and illness, influence the onset and course of mental illness, and understand competing models and discourses surrounding mental health and illness in Australia and globally from a sociological perspective. Further, this course provides an opportunity to explore how social practices and ideas contribute to the ways in which society, families and individuals are affected by mental health and mental illness.