Mental Health Capstone

Mental Health Capstone

Level ~ Masters
Availability ~ Semester 2

Students may choose to complete this unit or Neurosciences and Recovery: From the Cellular to the Social. The Mental Health Capstone builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the Research and Project Planning unit. Students critically evaluate and consolidate their knowledge through use of a researcher development framework. The unit uses seminars and small group sessions to explore what research skills are needed for quality improvement, clinical research and/or other research activities. Students choose to complete a project or prepare for a project, the task is chosen according to student career and opportunity.

Students can choose to prepare for a project or complete an improvement, or other activity appropriate to student career and opportunity.

The Mental Health Capstone is the 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:

  • Develop an understanding of the research needs and knowledge needed in order to plan and progress a project that integrates, synthesises and communicates student learning.
  • Critically reflect upon the breadth of competencies required to support people with mental illness in pursuing recovery and the implications for lifelong learning.
  • Consistently and judiciously use information technology; communicate via a compelling and authoritative written and verbal style.
  • 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 analysis and developing understanding of research to improve mental health care.

Teaching Schedule
Topic 1 Cultural Competency: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
Topic 2 Introduction to Research Projects
Topic 3 Supporting Research – Researcher Skill Development
Topic 4 Working with Qualitative Data
Topic 5 Independent Study Week
Topic 6 Working with data
Topic 7 Research Translation
Topic 8 Project Updates
Topic 9 Independent Study Week
Topic 10 Reflection in Research
Topic 11 Independent Study Week
Topic 12 Researcher Development – assessment of progress
Topic 13 Research and Project Dissemination
Topic 14 Independent Study Week
Topic 15 Presentation of Final Report

Mental Health Studies Capstone