This unit (HFB3004) will foster an understanding of the history and epidemiology of mental health in Australia in order to provide a sound basis for the understanding of common mental health conditions. Bias, stigma and prejudice around mental health conditions will be examined in conjunction with exploration of the concept of unconscious bias and implicit association. Students will evaluate the impact these phenomena can have on both the patient and their family, as well as the quality of care provided. Students will be equipped with knowledge of the underpinning pathophysiology, aetiology and legal frameworks of common mental health conditions. Students will develop the required knowledge to effectively assess and manage patients and consumers presenting with a range of mental health conditions or behavioural emergencies. Utilising a person centred service delivery approach, including inter-disciplinary care pathways in the prehospital setting, will be a key focus topic. Additionally, the unit will cover the use of safe pharmacological management and other pharmacotherapies associated with managing these conditions, incorporating relevant aspects of the National Safety and Quality Health Service standard. Students are encouraged to participate in safe and effective written and verbal communication and critical, self-reflection throughout the unit, to allow for continued student development.

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HFB2223 - Clinical Practice 4

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate what is meant by the term Mental Health, including the mental health classification and diagnosis system and the history of mental health management;  
  2. Contextualise the mental health profile and epidemiology of the Australian population;  
  3. Analyse and assess how psychosocial, lifestyle and cultural factors influence societal perceptions and potential treatment of mental health conditions;  
  4. Articulate the aetiology, pathophysiology, therapeutic and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of common mental health disorders in the prehospital setting and other health care services; and  
  5. Argue the approach, assessment and management strategies that can be utilised by paramedics and other health professionals for various mental health conditions informed by relevant legislation, regulations and/or policies.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test MCQ (30minutes) 10%
Test MCQ (30minutes) 10%
Case Study individual Mental Health condition Case study (1250words) 40%
Presentation Group Presentation: Different views debate (40minutes) 40%

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