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This unit explores the ethico-legal basis of mental health care provision. Students will examine the tension between risk and recovery, professional boundaries, ethical decision making and critically reflect on national mental health standards, professional codes of practice, and mental health legislation. Students will collaborate and engage in open discussion of the real-world challenges that can occur translating standards into practice. Reflective practice skills will be developed along with an exploration of the role of clinical supervision. It is referenced to the National Mental Health Core Capabilities (Health Workforce Australia, 2014) and the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (Department of Health, Victoria, 2013).
Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to: