Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will build on their knowledge and skills in mental health nursing practice. The subject emphasises advanced and specialist practice in mental health nursing. 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 nursing., and an advanced understanding of mental health conditions and treatment planning in the context of recovery orientated practice.

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 Bachelors degree in Nursing 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 evaluate available evidence to inform your mental health nursing practice.
02. Make accurate mental health nursing assessments & develop reasonable and justifiable inferences in complex scenarios.
03. Critically reflect on your mental health nursing practice and determine how to reframe this practice to meet mental health nursing practice requirements.
04. Utilise analytical, problem solving, planning & evaluation skills to inform your advanced mental health nursing practice.
05. Generate effective communication skills to effectively and sensitively work with colleagues, people accessing mental health services and the public in accordance with professional ethical standards.

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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, SILO3, SILO4

2000 word equivalent Written Assessment

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5

1500 word equivalent Online oral presentation

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO5