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Explore the experiences of people with complex mental health presentations, co-morbidity and risk behaviours. You will critically explore mental health treatments and models to formulate collaborative responses that meet, and are reflective of, consumer need. This unit will also enable you to critically explore and apply risk management tools and principles, demonstrate an applied and critical understanding of the legal, policy and ethical frameworks that applies to acute mental health practice. In this unit, you will cover:

  • Ethics and mental health law
  • Acute care conditions, assessment, interventions and the skills of engagement
  • Co-morbidity
  • Risk within acute mental health care settings
  • Trauma informed care

Learning outcomes

  • Critique the Mental Health Act and the ethics of acute care within the contexts of clinical intervention and consumer experiences of care
  • Appraise a range of acute care conditions engagement and interventions
  • Appraise a range of complex acute care conditions engagement and interventions
  • Critically reflect on acute mental health risk factors, engagement, observation and interventions
  • Design a package of Trauma Informed Care applicable to acute mental health settings


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Critical review - 40%
  • Treatment plan - 50%
  • Discussion board critical reflection - 10%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Mental Health and Master of Mental Health (Nursing).   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.