CSU's Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) 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.
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, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
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).
Students who have already successfully completed the previously offered stand-alone Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health) or equivalent are awarded 128 points of credit into the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health).
All recognition of prior learning will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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3 years distance education
To graduate from the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health), students must satisfactorily complete 192 points (21 subjects).
Students who complete 128 points may exit with the Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health).
Students who complete 64 points may exit with the Diploma of Health Science (Mental Health).
To study this course, you will need to indicate your likelihood of success through previous studies and other attainments and experience.
3 years distance education
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