Understanding mental health care in Australia (8ALK010)

Understanding mental health care in Australia (8ALK010)

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

Supporting a person with mental ill health is very difficult without an understanding of the systems and services that may support that person. In this unit you will be introduced to the key components of mental healthcare in Australia including different clinical services, professions, community managed organisations, disability supports and advocacy organisations. In the context of the lifespan, you will explore their roles, and how strategic directions are established and negotiated.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the Australian mental health care system including opportunities and barriers to effective and appropriate care across the lifespan;
  2. Describe differences in prevalence and impact within different Australian communities.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 A diverse mental health system
Week 2 Exploring your role
Week 3 Opportunities for leadership and change
Week 4 Governance and drivers
Week 5 Key lifespan differences in the system