NURS 7032 Mental Health for Communities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 400773

Coordinator Suzanne Murphy Opens in new window

Description Evolving diversity and changes within societies mean that what are understood as adaptive and maladaptive lifestyles, behaviours and attitudes towards mental illness and traditional healing approaches will vary greatly. This unit presents an outline of the themes and topics central to discussions of mental health and illness within a community. It examines the influences of stereotype and stigma, environment, culture, adaptive ability and support systems for psychological well-being while considering approaches which focus on and promote resilience, attachment, a sense of belonging and empowerment. Contemporary mental health and illness issues relating to selected vulnerable groups will be explored.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled 4694 Master of Primary Health Care, 4695 Graduate Diploma in Primary Health Care, 4719 Master of Mental Health Nursing, 4720 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, 4735 Master of Nursing (Professional Studies) or 4745 Master of Mental Health Nursing (Nurse Practitioner).

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have knowledge and understanding of mental health / mental health concerns  and be able to relate it to clinical nursing practice for individuals and their families.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity of the mental health-mental illness continuum
  2. analyse the influences of environment, culture, support systems and adaptive ability on community mental health issues
  3. critique the nature of community responses to mental health concerns
  4. explore a range of approaches and their application in mental health promotion
  5. determine the risk factors for maintaining psychological well-being in vulnerable populations
  6. critically analyse the extent to which selected issues related to mental health status impact across the lifespan

Subject Content

1. Conceptual overview of mental health and mental illness
- difficulties with definitions
- myths and misconceptions
2. Community perspectives on mental health
- influences of environment, culture, adaptive ability, support systems
- community responses, e.g. stigma, discrimination, affirmative action
3. Approaches to promoting resilience, attachment, empowerment and a sense of belonging for consumers, carers and groups
4. Mental health perspectives in vulnerable groups, e.g. children and adolescents, aged, immigrants
Selected issues related to maintaining psychological well-being, e.g. violence and bullying, substance misuse/abuse, depression and suicide


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Analysis 2,500 words 50 N Individual
Case Study 2,500 words 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • There is no essential textbook.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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