Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, you will examine diagnostic classifications and formulations used in psychiatry. You 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. You 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. You 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-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. 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 and assessments 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 assesments. 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. Critical analysis assessment

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, reflections

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2020, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

Placement - Off Site
One 150.0 hours placement - off site per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students undertake the equivalent of 150 hours of clinical practicum throughout the semester. This is sourced by the student and is usually a part of their paid employment"

Unscheduled Online Class
One 150.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period and delivered via online.
"Students complete the equivalent of 12.5 hours of online learning per week including non-contact self-directed study. Non-contact time allows students to engage in self directed study, reading, reflection, watching videos, preparing for assessments etc."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1,500 word equivalent reflective activity10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
2,500 word written assessment30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
5000 word equivalent case presentation60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Summative clinical appraisal Hurdle (500 word equivalent)Hurdle. Student is required to be clinically competent to pass subject 01, 02, 03, 04, 05