Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will analyse the nature and extent of social, political, economic and organisational influences on mental health nursing care. Students will engage in collaborative critical reflection on mental health nursing practice and address constraints in negotiation of options for mental health care. Students will explore the role of mental health nursing in the context of mental health legislation, advocacy and recovery. Students will demonstrate the role of the mental health nurse in a multidisciplinary and multi-professional approach to treatment and recovery

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesStudents will participate in summative and formative activities including online lectures, reflective activities, participation with peers,analysis of case studies and scenarios online, online skills sessions, online quizzes, written assessments and an oral presentation.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeStudents have obtained knowledge required to successfully complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent Satisfactory computer skills in Microsoft Word or equivalent programs.

Career Ready


Work-based learningYes

Self sourced or Uni sourcedSelf Sourced

Entire subject or partial subjectPartial subject

Total hours/days requiredNo minimum hours required

Location of WBL activity (region)Flexible

WBL addtional requirementsStudents must seek out opportunities to link theoretical learning to practice.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically appraise the nature and extent of influences on mental health to address constraints in negotiation of options for mental health care.
02. Demonstrate the role of the mental health nurse in a multidisciplinary and multi professional approach to treatment and recovery.
03. Critically evaluate models of care relevant to the care continuum, to inform co-constructed personalised care strategies which meet the consumers life needs as well as health needs.
04. Engage in collaborative critical reflection on mental health nursing practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, LTU Term 4, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 30 - 35
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 35 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1500 word equivalent Evidence of engagement and interaction.

N/AOtherCombinedNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

2000 word equivalent Written Assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

1500 word equivalent Online oral presentation

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4