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-ordinatorKate Emond

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

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 knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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.
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.
03. Critically analyse current knowledge, data and processes in mental health in order to inform your practice in a variety a contexts.
04. Critically evaluate and apply available evidence to inform best practice in mental health.
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

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Start date between: and    Key dates

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKate Emond

Class requirements

Problem Based LearningWeek: 0 - 0
One 12.00 hours problem based learning per week from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via online.
Students complete the equivalent of 12 hours of on-line learning per week.

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 0 - 0
One 210.00 hours placement - off site per study period from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.
Students undertake approximately 210 hours of clinical practicum throughout the semester.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

1,000 word equivalent online reflective activity

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

2,000 word written assessment

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

5000 word equivalent presentation, using specified media

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

Summative clinical appraisal Hurdle. Student is required to be clinically competent to pass subject

N/AOtherIndividualYes0 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5