Managing Mental Health and Illness (NURS5063)


This unit aims to consolidate and extend students' understanding of a range of mental health issues and their associated management and treatment approaches. The evidence-base for mental health nursing practice will be applied to mental health issues and problems including anxiety, mood, psychotic and personality problems. The issues and needs of specific populations, including children and young people experiencing mental health problems, and the co-morbidity of mental health with substance misuse and physical health, are also explored. Therapeutic and psychopharmacological approaches to mental health issues will be critically explored with regard to their relevance and efficacy, and ethico-legal aspects of mental health nursing care and clinical decision-making addressed.

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four intensive, on-campus study days


Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.