Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, you will build on your advanced knowledge and skills in your area of interest in mental health. The subject emphasises advanced and specialist practice in mental health. Although the focus for each student through this subject will vary slightly, all students will develop cognitive and technical skills that demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge of underlying principles and theoretical concepts in mental health practice, and an advanced undestanding of mental health conditions and treatment planning in the context of recovery orientated practice. The subject is delivered via a flexible online mode comprising learning modules via LMS and supported by appropriate clinical practicum.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKate 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. Critically evaluate available evidence to inform your advanced practice.

Review of litertaure, online activites and written exercise.

02. Critically reflect on your current practice and determine how to reframe this practice to meet mental health practice requirements.

Review of literature. Clinical practice. Online activites.

03. Interpret complex information into an appropriate mode to inform others with specific needs and context.

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

04. Make accurate assessments & develop reasonable and justifiable inferences in complex scenarios.

Clinical Practice, online activities, case studies and scenarios.

05. Perform your advanced practice in a safe and ethical manner using the required specific skills, knowledge and attitudes.

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.

06. Utilise analytical, problem solving, planning & evaluation skills to inform your advanced practice.

Online activities, review of literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours problem based learning per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
"Students complete the equivalent of up to 7 hours of on-line learning per week."

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 22
One 105.0 hours placement - off site per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students undertake approximately 105 hours of clinical practicum per semester."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500 word equivalent online reflective activities.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Annotated bibliography and critical analysis written assessment (4000-words equivalent)60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
Clinical appraisal Hurdle (equivalent to 500 words) 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06