This unit 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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):