Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Approximately one-third of all individuals reporting somatic complaints also have anxiety disorder and / or depression. Thus, many people presenting to health practitioners will also have mental health conditions. One aim of this subject is for students to be able to identify mental health conditions, and some core principles of working with people with such conditions. People presenting for assistance in rehabilitation settings also frequently present in a state of distress - for instance, persistent pain, anger, anxiety, and shame - which can have a substantial impact on how well such people progress. It's therefore important for students to have a thorough knowledge of these states, how they can impact on a person's behaviour, and core principles of working with people in such states. As well, students will be asked to apply these principles in analysing how to tailor their approach when working with people with these conditions.

SchoolPsychology and Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBrendon Murley

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHE2CPR Or be admitted into one of the following course codes: HBHS, HBHSB


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. Identify and recognise diagnostic criteria for major psychiatric disorders, including sub-clinical manifestations of these disorders
02. Identify and recognise how the signs and symptoms of particular mental health conditions can impact on how a person presents in a health setting
03. Analyse how mental health conditions impact on interactions in clinical settings
04. Identify and recognise how states of distress can impact on how people present and interact in rehabilitation settings
05. Select and apply creative thinking and problem-solving strategies to facilitate interactions with people experiencing distressed states

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBrendon Murley

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 35
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 35 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 36 - 38
Two 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 36 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 39 - 43
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 39 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 32 - 38
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 38 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One analysis of a simulated patient session (1,200-words)N/AN/AN/ANo25 SILO4, SILO5
One 1,200-words team booklet (400-600 words per student)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
One 1.5-hour examN/AN/AN/ANo45 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One 20-minute team presentation (10% assessed individually, 5% team)N/AN/AN/ANo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3