Reconsidering the Context

Reconsidering the Context

Graduate Diploma
Semester 1

Applying the CanMEDS domain of Health Advocate students will develop and adapt their recoveryoriented mental health practice to work with diverse populations and within diverse settings, accounting for context in assessment, treatment and collaborative care planning for people with mental illness. The impact of working in consultation-liaison, private rooms and rural and remote settings on practice and supervision will be explored.

All students will further develop knowledge and skills in working with Aboriginal people, and make a deeper exploration of the mental health needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities to enhance their ability to work effectively with migrant, refugee and other culturally diverse populations.

Using the CanMEDS domain of the Scholar, students will increase their research skills to equip them to rigorously evaluate changes to their practice, complete a future Scholarly Project and prepare for a Masters level research, or quality improvement project.


Learning Outcomes

  • A practical approach to culturally inclusive practice.
  • The use of research skill(s) to support quality improvement.
  • Critical appraisal of mechanisms for obtaining or providing supervision or additional guidance, in rural, remote or professionally isolated settings.
  • Advocacy for people experiencing stigma and mental distress, across differing places, communities and cultures.
  • Effects and implications of health inequalities and disparities in relationships with health care providers.
  • Theories of group participation.
  • Opportunities for improving relationships with external partners relevant to Aboriginal people’s social and mental wellbeing.
  • The impact of Clinical Governance and organisational structure.

Teaching Schedule
Topic 1 Research and Practice Improvement
Topic 2 Research Design, Analysis and Appraisal
Topic 3 Culture and Psychiatric Practice
Topic 4 Working Across Governance Systems
Topic 5 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Psychiatric Practice
Topic 6 Mental Health in Rural and Remote Contexts
Topic 7 Improving Aboriginal Mental Health and Wellbeing
Topic 8 Gender, Mental Health and Mental Illness
Topic 9 Practice MCQ workshop