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Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 2 CNA741



This unit builds on the level 1 Foundations of Mental Health Nursing material addressed in unit CNA740 and is a co-requisite unit to CNA743. The unit addresses the issues relevant to the treatment setting, such as hospital-based, and community-based mental health care within an ecological perspective. Issues of mental health promotion and illness prevention, crisis intervention, mental health rehabilitation and recovery are examined, which also include the contributions of non-government and voluntary agencies. You will also be introduced to what many describe as sub-specialty mental health areas, such as child and adolescent; older persons and the specialist areas of forensic/correctional and alcohol and other drugs. The notion of issues relevant to clinical supervision and clinical practice development will be explored.


Unit name Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Theory 2
Unit code CNA741
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Mr Russell James
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of key issues/principles related to a broad range of mental health care considerations, like crisis intervention; mental health promotion/preventions; recovery and rehabilitation; the role of the individual with a lived experience of mental health services; hospital and community-based care; brief and solution focused therapies; as well as the notion of sub-specialty mental health areas.
  • Compare the conceptual frameworks of mental health rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Critically discuss a range of key mental health practice issues as they relate to the acute care and community contexts.
  • Analyse the levels of intervention and activities related to primary prevention nursing interventions; health education; environmental change; social support and stigma reduction.
  • Describe and critically evaluate contemporary issues and practices relating to the role of the mental health nurse in mental health sub-specialist areas.
  • Construct evaluative judgements about the suitability and applicability of clinical supervision and practice development to mental health nursing practice.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060305 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentQuiz (20%)|Resource Portfolio (50%)|Online Discussions & Submissions (30%)
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Procter, N., Hamer, H.P., McGarry, D., Wilson, R.L., & Froggatt, T. 2017, Mental Health: A person-centred approach, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, China.

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