This course provides health care practitioners the theoretical knowledge and clinical skill development to appropriately and effectively assess and work with young pregnant women (to age 24 years), infants and young children in mental health and non-mental health settings. This course develops theory and skills to recognise, intervene and prevent mental health problems in the younger age group.
The course will cover aspects of care related to risk management, assessment, parent/carer education, specific clinical practice skills and discipline specific consultation and referral guidelines when developing care plans for young people requiring mental health support, regardless of their setting or clinical context.
The course includes content relevant to rural and remote settings and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perinatal, infant and young child mental health care within government and non-government clinical services.
Availability2018 Course Timetables
- Trimester 2 - 2018
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Retrieve, critique and apply evidenced based literature to inform clinical practice decisions when working with young mothers and children aged perinatal (22 weeks gestation - 11 years).
2. Undertake appropriate mental health assessment and risk management with sound clinical judgement compliant with best practice and policy guidelines for young mothers, expectant fathers, infants and young children (22 weeks gestation - 11 years).
3. Develop a plan of care for young mothers and children (22 weeks gestation - 11 years) with a mental health disturbance or illness, which demonstrates the provision of holistic care for the person, their carer and family using current evidence and theories.
4. Demonstrate effective communication with patients/women and their families and within a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary mental health care team and integrated care systems with other healthcare services.
5. Discuss the mental health disparities in relation to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous young Australians and how appropriate mental health care strategies can help close the gap.
6. Reflect on current practice and plan ongoing development with personal and professional goals.
1. Developmental Theory
2a. Ways of working
2b. Models of care
2c. Ethical issues
4. Common conditions and treatment models
5. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander considerations
6. Related pharmacology
Foundational mental health knowledge: theories, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of health care research, human bioscience, psychology and sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary mental health issues.
Online Learning Activity: 2 Blogs *
Presentation: PowerPoint Presentation *
Report: Written Report *
Professional Task: Professional Task *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Final course mark is an aggregate of 50% or higher calculated from the combined marks for assessment items 1-3.
- Presentation: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Final course mark is an aggregate of 50% or higher calculated from the combined marks for assessment items 1-3.
- Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Final course mark is an aggregate of 50% or higher calculated from the combined marks for assessment items 1-3.
- Professional Task: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing program students only - must complete clinical practice standards and skills to pass this course.
Integrated Learning Session
Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1
Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1
Students enrolled in Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing only. For all other students this is optional but encouraged.
Online 7 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1