Mental Health Capstone

Mental Health Capstone

Semester 2 - Core unit

This unit builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the Research and Project Planning unit. Students will undertake a project that generates new knowledge or insights that can be applied to the improvement of mental health care, development of their professional career, or as a first step toward further postgraduate study. The Mental Health Capstone is a final unit of study for students enrolled in the Master of Applied Mental Health Studies, and the Master of Psychiatric Medicine.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Integrate and synthesise information from a range of relevant sources to actively create a project that incorporates and values contributions of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and communities.
  • Critically reflect upon the breadth of competencies to support people with mental illness in pursuing recovery and the implications for student lifelong learning.
  • Apply, review and evaluate the transferability of psychiatric, mental health and other health research findings across practice settings
    and disciplines.
  • Analyse implications of Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing for mental health improvements.
  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of complex mental health issues through the translation of research outcomes to improve mental health care.
  • Contribute to the generation of new knowledge through research, service evaluation and/or advanced academic endeavour.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Introduction and Orientation
Week 2 Capstone Experience Toolkit
Week 3 Working with Quantitative Data
Week 4 Working with Qualitative Data
Week 5 Cultural Competency 1: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities
Week 6 Cultural Competency 2: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities
Week 7 Independent Study
Week 8 Independent Study
Week 9 Recovery Revisited
Week 10 Research Dissemination
Week 11 In Focus 1: Clinical Contexts
Week 12 In Focus 2: Interdisciplinarity
Week 13 In Focus 3: Neurosciences
Week 14 In Focus 4: Global Mental Health
Week 15 Summary and Reflection