Collaborative Mental Health Care (200103)

Collaborative practice underpins relationships in the delivery of recovery-oriented mental health care, extending to health professionals and those with lived experience of mental illness with whom they partner.  Professional silos in education, training and practice, along with poor work cultures prevents effective communication, forming the basis of criticism levelled at mental health professionals.  Moreover, a recovery-orientation demands that the doctor-patient relationship be re-examined in light of consumer-driven claims for a more equal footing in the determination, planning and implementation of mental health care within diverse contexts.  

In this unit students will learn to establish, develop, promote and model effective collaborations and communication pathways in psychiatry making use of the CanMEDS domains of Collaborator and Communicator to explore populations of people and settings where breakdowns in these domains are a higher risk. Issues affecting Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, rural and remote populations and those where past trauma has a lasting effect will be addressed.  Students will explore personality and organic disorders through these domains, completing the unit with an interprofessional exploration of opportunities to improve the physical health for people living with mental illness. 


Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode Face to face onsite, e-Learning (online), Mixed / blended, Part Time