mmh5cph clinical mental health 2




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine diagnostic classifications and formulations used in psychiatry. Students will be able to recognise and compare frameworks and models in mental health practice, including the principles of trauma informed care in service delivery. This subject will enable students to critically evaluate outcome measures and operational legislation and protocols in mental health. Students will examine evidence-based practice, mental health promotion and the prevention and early detection of mental illness. This subject enables students to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills for ethically oriented professional practice. Students will be able to make high level independent judgements; plan, implement and evaluate mental health practice and function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. The subject is delivered via a flexible online mode comprising learning modules via LMS and supported by clinical practicum.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorKatherine Emond

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply specialty knowledge and skills to clinical practice to the depth and extent required of a beginning mental health specialist.

Clinical Practice. Students will be required to undertake clinical practice in a mental health setting under supervision of a preceptor or supervisor. Students will undertake a variety of activities such as utlising Pebble Pad to maintain a reflective journal which will be accessible to the subject coordinator, and/or the completion online quiz's via LMS to test knowledge base.

02. Communicate effectively & sensitively with colleagues, people accessing mental health services & the public in a variety of professional & social contexts in accordance with the ethical standards of the profession.

Clicnial practice. Reflective journal for review by subject coordinator. Discussion groups

03. Critically analyse current knowledge, data and processes in mental health in order to inform your practice in a variety a contexts.

Online activities and discussion groups. Pebble Pad as a refective journal regarding knowledge base Communication with subject coordinator. Review of literature Weblinks

04. Critically evaluate and apply available evidence to inform best practice in mental health.

Review of literature. Clinical practice. Online activites.

05. Perform effective independent work & work as an influential team member in a variety of situations within the mental health setting in accordance with the ethical standards of your profession

Clinical practice. Discussion groups and use of Pebble pad to log reflections related to this ILO.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2015, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKatherine Emond

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 2.0 days placement - off site per week and delivered via distance education.
"Students undertake approximately 210 hours of clinical practicum throughout the semester."

Problem Based Learning
One 12.0 hours problem based learning per week and delivered via online.
"Students complete the equivalent of 12 hours of on-line learning per week."


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
1,000 word equivalent online reflective activity1001, 02, 03, 04, 05
2,000 word written assessment3001, 02, 03, 04, 05
5000 word equivalent presentation, using specified media6001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Summative clinical appraisal Hurdle001, 02, 03, 04, 05