Nursing Practice (Mental Health Option) (NURS6025)


This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a mental health nursing environment. It provides students with an opportunity to extend and develop their understandings of mental health problems and practices and explore a range of complex mental health issues in further depth. The needs of special populations are a particular focus. These include perinatal mental health, infant, child and adolescent mental health issues, mental health issues affecting the older person, and the mental health of incarcerated and displaced persons. The relationship between trauma and mental health and the impact of violence and trauma on mental health is also explored.

Therapeutic and complementary/alternative approaches to mental health are an associated focus and students will have the opportunity to extend their understandings of specific approaches in respect to individual and group implementation. The unit also assists in preparing students for an extended clinical placement in mental health in the final semester of the program.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements


discussion paper (40%) and group presentation (20%) and mental health consumer experience report (40%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical assessment

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019

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.