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Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 2 CNA743


The emphasis is on the application of, through project work, key principles supporting the notions of rehabilitation and recovery across a range of mental health settings and mental health disorders. The roles and responsibilities of the client, their family, the mental health nurse, and other significant service provider stakeholders are addressed. Students will also keep a Clinical Portfolio as an ongoing record of their progress towards achieving the ACMHN Standards of Practice for Australian mental health nurses (2010).


Unit name Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
Unit code CNA743
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Russell James
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate your knowledge and skills of rehabilitation and/or recovery processes through the application of these processes in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate developed knowledge, skills and attitudinal competency against the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) Standards of Practice (2010), utilising evidence of care skill completion, reflective practice and feedback from clinical facilitators and preceptors.
  • Critically apply knowledge of contemporary mental health nursing practices to a range of real and/or hypothetical clinical scenarios across a range of mental health nursing care contexts.
  • Develop a comprehensive Case Formulation for a client that is informed by theoretical and clinical knowledge (e.g., etiological theories for anxiety disorder; depression; eating disorder; or adaptive/maladaptive stress responses) and provides a guide for further management, therapy and treatment.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060305 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,883.00

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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.

AssessmentClinical Portfolio (10%)|Mental Health Case Formulation and Care Plan (40%)|Rehabilitation/Recovery Project (50%)
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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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