Mental Health and Illness in Context (NURS5064)


The focus of this unit of study is to extend students' ability to engage in advanced mental health nursing practice in several ways. Firstly, this includes viewing the lived experience of mental illness from the perspective of the consumer and family/carers. Secondly, through examining the theoretical approaches and philosophical underpinnings of models of mental health care; emphasizing mental health promotion and prevention, early intervention, building strengths, enhancing resilience, working collaboratively, and rehabilitation and recovery. Specific international, national, and state policies and plans will be appraised to facilitate understanding of the broader impact that socio-political issues have on the provision and delivery of mental health care.

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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?


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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.