Exercise and Mental Health

Unit code: SCL6002 | Study level: Postgraduate
(One credit point is usually equivalent to one hour of study per week)
Online Real Time


This unit addresses ESSA requirements for the Mental Health domain. Students will critically evaluate and apply knowledge of both common and important low prevalence mental health problems and disorders, medications and treatments, and standardised measures for exercise testing, training and mental health monitoring. This unit features a site visit to observe multidisciplinary mental health rehabilitation, and develop student understanding of the role of the Accredited Exercise Physiologist in mental health care. Students subsequently design and implement a simulated client exercise testing and training programme specific to an established or emerging Australian context.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Comprehend, critically evaluate and apply knowledge of the psychopathology, treatments and medications, risks and monitoring, and burden of common and selected low prevalence mental health problems and disorders;
  2. Critically appraise literature relating to exercise testing, prescription and barriers to exercising for common and selected low prevalence mental health problems and disorders and associated comorbidities;
  3. Substantiate and evaluate the roles of different practitioners in the multidisciplinary care of individuals with mental health problems and disorders; and
  4. Formulate and apply screening, testing, training and monitoring interventions in mental health, and communicate changes and outcomes to the various stakeholders in multidisciplinary care.

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For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
2 x online tests
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Review of mental health, comorbidities and exercise
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Case presentation on client multidisciplinary care in the Australian context

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

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