Mental Health and Illness in Context (NURS5064)


Mental health nursing practices and the provision of health care are influenced and informed both directly and indirectly by sociopolitical, organisational, professional and individual forces. This unit will assist students to extend their knowledge and skills and envisage possibilities for their nursing work in the context of professional and legislative frameworks, sociopolitical drivers and organisational structures for practice. Students will examine the evidence-informed underpinnings, and external mechanisms that influence models of mental health care while also exploring consumer and carer perspectives of the lived experience of mental illness; and ways of working that are recovery-oriented, promote consumer and family strengths and resilience, and build effective partnerships.

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four intensive, on-campus study days


presentation (25%), case study (30%), written work (35%) and online postings (10%)

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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.