Reconsidering the Context (200201)

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 


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