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92446 Complex Nursing Care: Mental Health

6cp; 1hpw (online and face-to-face lecture), 2hpw (tutorial)
Requisite(s): 92436 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing OR 92323 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing OR 92451 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92015 Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92322 Medical Surgical Nursing
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.



Students explore approaches to mental health nursing for consumers with complex mental health needs and their families. The special populations of interest in this subject include: young adults who have a first episode of or early psychosis; people who experience co-morbid substance use and mental health disorders; people who have eating disorders; Indigenous Australians; and homeless people who have a mental illness. The physical health needs of those with a mental health disorder are also considered.

The approaches considered promote recovery-focused mental health nursing to address complex health needs and include: developing collaborative relationships with consumers and their families/carers; therapeutic communication, interviewing and assessment skills development, group processes and group skills development; therapeutic communication with consumers who hear voices; and reflective practice, including clinical supervision.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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