Courses & Units

Mental Health 1 NUR137


Mental Health 1 introduces you to mental health and mental ill-health in the context of nursing practice. The unit emphasises evidence-based, person-centred, and trauma-informed approaches to care that are guided by Recovery-model principles. Historical, sociological and legal insights are considered in order to contextualise contemporary experiences of mental ill-health and its variations across the lifespan. Common co-occurring problems of physical ill-health, intellectual disability, and substance misuse are examined. The unit emphasises the importance of communication skills and therapeutic alliance to underpin assessment and support Recovery.


Unit name Mental Health 1
Unit code NUR137
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Shep Chidarikire
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Cradle Coast Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus Domestic
Rozelle - Sydney Nursing Study Period 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 2 29/5/2023 19/6/2023 10/7/2023 20/8/2023

* 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 (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply recovery principles to establish a therapeutic relationship.
  • Explain the range of experiences and challenges that comprise mental ill-health.
  • Discuss the significance and power of stigma and language in the perpetuation of mental ill-health.
  • Apply appropriate evidence-informed tools in the assessment and communication of mental ill-health.
  • Identify the common co-occurring conditions for those experiencing mental ill-health.
  • Apply appropriate communication skills across settings, purposes, and audiences.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$515.00 $515.00 not applicable $2,746.00

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Teaching Pattern

This unit is delivered in a blended delivery mode comprising of face-to-face intensives as well as content delivered 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. You can interact with the online content at any time, which will be in a modularised format. Online tutorials/webinars will provide further opportunity to engage with
educators and peers and consolidate your knowledge of the online presentations and readings. The format and content of these sessions will be advertised through MyLO announcements.

All Intensives in the Bachelor of Nursing Science are condensed face to face campus experiences. Intensives are usually scheduled between Monday and Friday (see individual unit calendars). Intensives provide an opportunity for -student engagement, networking with staff and peers, intra-professional and inter-professional learning opportunities and engaging with guest speakers. Intensives are designed to provide you with an opportunity to apply theory to practice and develop your skills in the practice of nursing. The Intensives provide a key role in facilitating the development of your skills, knowledge and understanding. This is in preparation for both your upcoming Professional Experience Placements and your ongoing engagement in the Bachelor of Nursing Science.

Attendance at PEP is mandatory.

In the interests of both personal and public safety, as a registered nursing student with AHPRA you have a professional responsibility and duty as part of your regulatory obligations to ensure the provision of safe and effective nursing care to the public. Therefore, your attendance at intensives is required and non-attendance will result in the cancellation of PEP and a delay in course completion. Whilst the unit provides a weekly guide, it is expected that you set your own goals to meet the unit learning outcomes. You are however, expected to have engaged with the relevant online learning activities before you attend the Intensives.

AssessmentOnline Quizzes (10%)|Clinical Skills Assessment (45%)|Written Narrative (45%)
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Evans, K, Nizette, D, & O'Brien, A (eds) 2017, Psychiatric and mental health nursing 4th edn. Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.


Foster, K, Marks, P, O’Brien, AJ & Raeburn, T (eds) 2021, Mental Health in Nursing: Theory and practice for clinical settings. 5th edn, Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW.

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