Reconsidering the Context (200201)

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

Recovery-oriented mental health care acknowledges the social and cultural context in which a person exists, and this includes considerations of place.  Applying the CanMEDS domain of Health Advocate students will develop and adapt their mental health practice to work with diverse populations and within diverse settings, accounting for context in assessment, treatment and collaborative care planning for people with mental illness. The impact of working in consultation-liaison, private rooms and rural and remote settings on practice and supervision will be explored.   
A recovery-orientation requires critical appraisal when working with diversity, acknowledging that recovery offers dignity, hope and the realisation of living a meaningful life, but that this emanates from a Western orientation and has to be understood within diverse settings. All students will develop knowledge and skills in working with Aboriginal people, attending to their specific mental health needs in the negotiation and implementation of care.  They will also focus on the mental health needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to work effectively with migrant, refugee and other culturally diverse populations.   
Using the CanMEDS domain of the Scholar, students will increase their research skills to equip them to rigorously evaluate changes to their practice, complete a Scholarly Project and prepare for a Masters Research project. 

Learning Outcomes;

In this unit of study, with reference to the application of selected medical competencies to the students workplace and role, students will be able to:


Apply research skill(s) to support the application of principles of quality improvement to improve recovery-oriented care within a selected service setting.


Critique mechanisms for obtaining or providing supervision or additional guidance upon attaining optimal outcomes in recovery-oriented mental health care in rural, remote or professionally isolated settings.


Engage in opportunities for advocacy for people experiencing stigma and mental distress, applying knowledge about the contribution of place, community and culture.


Critically appraise effects and implications for practice of health inequalities and disparities in relationships with health care providers for patients moving between or within specific clinical settings; evaluate the application of theories of group participation to address these.


Critically evaluate opportunities for improving relationships with external partners relevant to Aboriginal people’s social and mental wellbeing in different settings and appraise the value short and long term, of investment in psychoeducation and partnerships, on outcomes and workload management.


Analyse the impact of Clinical Governance and organisational structure on a recent work practice situation.