Forensic Mental Health

Course code NURS6085Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

Traditionally mentally disordered offenders engender high levels of anxiety and therapeutic pessimism amongst mental health professionals. This course provides students the opportunity to develop knowledge and enhance their skills to work effectively with this population. Commencing from a broader perspective of Crime and Health, students will explore the policy and legal context in which their practice with this clientele occurs and examine the systems issues, clinical and interpersonal issues specific to forensic mental health.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 1
Previously offered in 2015, 2013, 2012
Objectives1. Identify the psychosocial determinants of people with complex and difficult behaviour in the psychiatric and criminal justice systems and the impact of crime on health
2. Demonstrate familiarity with current legislation in regard to forensic patients and mentally disordered offenders under the Mental Health Act and the practical application of this legislation at a systems level
3. Discuss the process of effective assessment and engagement of mentally disordered offenders in a range of settings including prison, community and forensic hospitals
4. Appraise current tools and strategies to assess and better manage risk of potential violence of mentally disordered offenders towards others
5. Reflect on personal values and attitudes arising when working with people whose behaviour and presentation is challenging and confronting and identify and resolve ethical dilemmas specifically arising with mentally disordered offenders
6. Examine and evaluate issues related to cultural safety and vulnerable populations (such as Indigenous Australians) relevant to the delivery of care in forensic settings
7. Critically examine current and developing theories (and related research) of personality development, psychopathy, ASPD and BPD and future directions in the provision of forensic mental health services
Content1. Historical perspectives, impact of crime on health and current policy and legal context
2. Systems issues and ethical issues in forensic mental health
3. Clinical and interpersonal issues specific to forensic mental health
4. Evidence based treatment interventions and future directions
Replacing Course(s)NURS6080 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Nursing
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFoundations of health professional knowledge, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary health care issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Email Discussion Group
Problem Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Online DiscussionParticipation and Contribution
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for NURS6085