Available in 2018

Course handbook


This course provides health care practitioners the theoretical knowledge and clinical skill development to appropriately and effectively assess and work with high school and adolescent/youth in mental health and non-mental health settings. The course develops theory and skills to recognise, intervene and prevent mental health problems in the older age group.

The course will cover aspects of care related to risk management, assessment, parent/carer education, specific clinical practice skills and hand-over-of-care/integrated care planning for mental health inpatient, paediatric and other hospital settings, Justice Health and other paediatric settings, child and family health and out-of-home settings.

The course includes content relevant to rural and remote settings and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perinatal, infant and younger child mental health care within government and non-government clinical services.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

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  • Trimester 3 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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 people experiencing mental disturbance or illness.

2. Undertake appropriate mental health assessment and risk management with sound clinical judgment compliant with best practice and policy guidelines for children and youth (12-24 yrs.)

3. Develop a plan of care for children and youth (12-24 yrs.) with a mental health disturbance or illness, which demonstrates the provision of holistic care including the family/carer using current evidence and theories.

4. Discuss the mental health disparities in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents and Non Indigenous adolescents in Australia and how appropriate mental health care strategies can help close the gap.

5. Demonstrate effective communication with patients and their families and within a multi or interdisciplinary or inter-agency mental health care team.

6. Reflect on current practice and plan ongoing development commensurate with personal and professional goals


  • Developmental theories
  • Assessment & diagnosis
  • Clinical decision making and Integrated Care
  • Clinical boundaries
  • Legal & ethical considerations
  • Family/Carer centred care
  • Substance use and misuse
  • Forensic mental health
  • Eating, behaviour and mood disorders
  • Suicidality & high risk behaviours
  • Therapeutic models

Assumed knowledge

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 illness.

Assessment items

Presentation: Presentation

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Portfolio: Portfolio

Contact hours

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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. For all other students this is optional but encouraged.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 7 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1