The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


The course provides core foundational studies in the Master of Mental Health Nursing program, focusing on developing an understanding of the theoretical basis to and history of mental health nursing; the role of mental health nurses in contemporary mental health care; the impact on the discipline of emerging models of service delivery and the emergence of clinical supervision as a strategy for the development of mental health nursing practice.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Trimester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Synthesize their understanding of historical, socio-cultural, political, legal and professional factors, and health system structures and reforms that influence clinical practice, education and safety in mental health service provision;

2. Compare and contrast the roles, characteristics and impact of advanced mental health nursing practice in the context of global, national and local mental health policy directions;

3. Demonstrate cultural competence by incorporating cultural beliefs and cultural safety into aspects of practice through exploring ways in which effective cross-cultural mental health nursing can be developed;

4. Demonstrate a capacity to identify and influence discussion on a range of contemporary issues in mental health nursing;

5. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of integrated clinical governance strategies and their relationship to advanced practice in mental health nursing;

6. Critically evaluate the role of clinical supervision as a governance strategy within a framework of safe advanced mental health nursing care.


  • Theoretical and evidence bases of mental health nursing practice;
  • History of mental health nursing;
  • The relationship of mental health nursing to other professions in mental health care;
  • Current policy directions and issues in mental health care;
  • Current and emerging models of service delivery;
  • Role of clinical supervision in advanced mental health nursing practice.

Assumed knowledge

Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing 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 conceptualize practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nurses.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Introductory Blog

Online Learning Activity: Blog

Online Learning Activity: Online quizzes x 2

Essay: Essay


Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term