Professional Standards in Mental Health Care (100102)

Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode e-Learning (online), Part Time

Professional Standards in Mental Health Care explores the ethico-legal basis of mental health care provision. This unit will examine the tension between risk and recovery; professional boundaries; ethical decision making and provide an opportunity to critically reflect on national mental health standards, professional codes of practice, and mental health legislation. Students will collaborate and engage in open discussion of the real-world challenges that can occur translating standards into practice. Reflective practice skills will be developed along with an exploration of the role of clinical supervision. It is referenced to the National Mental Health Core Capabilities and the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce.

Leaning Outcomes


Critically appraise the evidence within the literature on contemporary, competing issues in mental health law and human rights.


Critically evaluate contemporary issues and ethico-legal dilemmas in mental health care as applied to policy and practice.


Explore applications of professional codes of conduct governing healthcare practitioners from a legal and ethical perspective.


Work collaboratively to respond to common ethical dilemmas in mental health care and justify responses.


Examine the role of clinical supervision in contributing to the promotion and maintenance of high professional standards.


Engage in reflective practice through open discussion with colleagues, show responsibility and transparency in actions, and collaboration in work practices.