Professional and Ethical Mental Health Care (8ALF003)

Professional and Ethical Mental Health Care (8ALF003)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Availability ~ Teaching Period 5
Type ~ Lifespan Unit

Professional Standards in Mental Health Care examines the ethico-legal basis of mental health care provision. This unit will provide an opportunity to explore national mental health standards, professional codes of practice, and mental health legislation to guide and support ethical decision making. Students will critically reflect on the real-world challenges that can occur when translating standards into practice.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Critically appraise competing issues within mental health care and the application of professional standards to practice,
  • Critically evaluate ethico-legal dilemmas in mental health care to optimise outcomes for people with a lived experience of mental health.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Ethics in mental health care
Week 2 Professional standards
Week 3 Professional codes of practice
Week 4 Mental health legislation
Week 5 Navigating ethical dilemmas