Diversity and Mental Health (8ALK009)

Diversity and Mental Health (8ALK009)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Availability ~ All teaching periods
Type ~ Lifespan Unit

This unit examines relevant social determinants of health that affect the mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds as well as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, communities identifying as LGBTQIA+, people with disability and other groups with emerging identities.

We will identify and examine concepts related to culture, cultural diversity, difference and ‘the Other’ as well as specific concepts of social and emotional wellbeing along with a range of mental health indicators for specific communities. We will highlight the specific needs of individual and communities and build mental health practitioner competencies to begin to work more effectively with these communities in supporting their mental health needs.

This unit has starting dates of 08 February, 15 March, 03 May, 02 August, 06 September, and 25 October during the 2021 academic year.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Increase student capacity to identify cultural differences related to mental health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and communities, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and other communities within the Australian context;
  • Identify and describe supports and barriers to working effectively in providing effective mental health care for these communities; and
  • Develop strategies for culturally inclusive mental health practice.

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Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Culture, diversity, and mental health
Week 2 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing
Week 3 Mental health and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations and other groups
Week 4 Culturally inclusive practice in mental health
Week 5 Meeting diverse needs for a specific population through culturally competent practice