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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

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Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)

Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health) [exit point only]
Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) [exit point only]

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CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) is only open to students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background. This course aims to prepare graduates who have appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to work competently as a mental health worker within their own communities and mainstream mental health services.

  • Why study this course?

    Originally designed in collaboration with a community-based Aboriginal Mental Health Steering Committee and the Greater Southern Area Health Service, this course was specifically designed for Indigenous mental health practitioners to meet the needs of the mental health workforce with a specific understanding of contemporary health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

    Today, this specialist course aims to prepare graduates to work within mental health services with all members of the community, with an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their families and communities. It places mental health workers within a multi-disciplinary team working alongside other health professionals, Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

     The Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) graduates have appropriate knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to work competently as a mental health worker within their own communities and mainstream mental health services. This specialist program aims to prepare graduates to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients, their family and communities and other health professionals, Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Graduates have a sound understanding of primary health care, cultural safety, equity and socio-cultural aspects of care.

    What will I learn?

    An understanding of primary healthcare, cultural safety, equity and socio-cultural aspects of care will enhance the graduates' understanding and appreciation of the clients' and their family's experience of emotional and social trauma and mental health problems.

    Students may elect to exit the course following the completion of the first year of study with the Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health), or the first two years of study with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health).

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates have been successfully employed at various levels within mainstream and community-based mental health services.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Charles Sturt University credit regulations will apply. Credits will be assessed and given for relevant prior learning in the field of mental health, mental health nursing, Indigenous health and Indigenous mental health.

  • Workplace learning
    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    MHP311 Clinical 3
    MHP211 Clinical 2
    MHP111 Clinical 1

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    This course of 192 points duration consists of the following eight and sixteen point subjects:

    MHP105 Primary Health Care: Mental Health (8cp)
    MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health (8cp)
    MHP111 Clinical 1 (16cp)
    MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (8cp)
    MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health (8cp)
    MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan (8cp)
    MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use: Alcohol and Other Drugs (8cp)
    MHP211 Clinical 2 (16cp)
    MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning (8cp)
    MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (16cp)
    MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development (8cp)
    MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics (8cp)
    MHP216 Suicide Prevention (8cp)
    MHP301 Research in Mental Health (16cp)
    MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (16 cp)
    MHP311 Clinical 3 (16cp)
    MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma (8cp)
    MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities (8cp)
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Full-time Distance
    Year 1 (Session 1)
    MHP105 Primary Health Care: Mental Health
    MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health
    MHP111 Clinical 1 (commencing)
    MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing
    Year 1 (Session 2)
    MHP111 Clinical 1 (completing)
    MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health
    MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan
    MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use: Alcohol and Other Drugs

    Students may be awarded a Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) if they exit the course having successfully completed 64 points

    Year 2 (Session 1)
    MHP211 Clinical 2 (commencing)
    MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning
    MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (commencing)
    MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development
    Year 2 (Session 2)
    MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics
    MHP211 Clinical 2 (completing)
    MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (completing)
    MHP216 Suicide Prevention

    Students may be awarded an Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health) if they exit the course having successfully completed 128 points

    Year 3 (Session 1)
    MHP301 Research in Mental Health (commencing)
    MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (commencing)
    MHP311 Clinical 3 (commencing)
    MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma
    Year 3 (Session 2)
    MHP301 Research in Mental Health (completing)
    MHP302 Professional Issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health (completing)
    MHP311 Clinical 3 (completing)
    MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities


     

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MHP209 Mental Health, Law and Ethics
    MHP114 Human Development Across the Lifespan
    MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health
    MHP302 Professional Issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health
    MHP112 History, Social and Emotional Wellbeing
    MHP311 Clinical 3
    MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health
    MHP216 Suicide Prevention
    MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management
    MHP214 Primary Health Care: Community Development
    MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health
    MHP301 Research in Mental Health
    MHP211 Clinical 2
    MHP212 Healing Our Spirit: Grief, Loss and Yarning
    MHP312 Sexual Assault, Family Violence and Associated Trauma
    MHP111 Clinical 1
    MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities
    MHP115 Introduction to Substance Use, Alcohol and Other Drugs

  • Admission information

    To be admitted in the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) applicants will:

    • be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background;
      and
    • demonstrate an aptitude to undertake this course through previous relevant experiences in the field of mental health and Indigenous issues;
      AND, if required:
    • have completed a bridging program.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Tuition costs
    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    This course is not available to international students.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYNNESMH

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS016 - Transition to Nursing Studies
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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