MHP311 Clinical 3 (16)


Students enrolled in this subject will undertake 8 weeks of clinical practice in a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous mental health care settings. Each student's performance will be assessed using the Djirruwang Clinical Assessment Tool (DCAT) where performance is evaluated against the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce. This information can be found in the Clinical Handbook.  This placement is a placement in which students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and skills by analysing and assessing the mental health environment and mental health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. Holistic health encompasses spirituality as well as the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of the individual and community. This subject has a compulsory Residential School.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP311
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsSY/USSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to reflect and apply skills and knowedge gained through undertaking MHP111 and/or MHP211;
  • be able to critically examine their clinical experience and provide feedback that will improve care outcomes;
  • be able to reflect on and plan for their transition from the role as a student to the role of a competent and safe practitioner;
  • be able to confidently interact with people experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders and their families/carers and implement the skills learning in the theoretical content;
  • be able to demonstrate competence at the minimum levels of professional practice expected of a degree level, as specified in the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce (2013);
  • be able to provide safe, effective mental health care, as a beginning mental health practitioner for individuals and groups across the age continuum in a variety of health care settings; and
  • be able to apply the generic skill of graduates of Charles Sturt University and the Faculty of Science to their studies.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Arrwekele/Muna Kaurna (Before) Clinical Placement
  • Topic 1: Preparing Professional Self
  • Topic 2: Prepare for Clinical Placement
  • Topic 3: Preparing for Professional Relationships and Challenges
  • Topic 4: Preparing for Supervision
  • Topic 5: Preparing for Clinical Placement
  • Topic 6: Preparing for DCAT Appraisal
  • Module 2: Baruk (Beginning) Your Clinical Placement
  • Topic 1: Baruk your Clinical Placement
  • Topic 2: Learning about Your Clinical Placement Site
  • Topic 3: Exploring the Local Community
  • Topic 4: Identifying Community Issues
  • Topic 5: Baruk the Clinical Placement Relationship
  • Topic 6: Identifying Site Issues
  • Topic 7: Learning about Professional Conduct
  • Topic 8: Adult Learning Styles
  • Topic 9: Baruk the Learning Log/Journal/Portfolio
  • Topic 10: Baruk the learning Contract/Plan/Agreement
  • Module 3: The Pawu (Middle) of Clinical Placement
  • Topic 1: Maintaining the Pawu Supervision Relationship
  • Topic 2: Identified Issues in the Pawu of Placement
  • Topic 3: Pawu Placement Review
  • Topic 4: Maintaining the Pawu Learning Log/Journal/Portfolio
  • Module 4: The Mutha (End) of Practicum
  • Topic 1: Mutha Professional Relationships
  • Topic 2: Mutha Placement Review
  • Topic 3: Mutha of Placement Report (DCAT)
  • Topic 4: Mutha the Learning Log/Journal/Portfolio
  • Topic 5: Mutha Evaluation for Student and Site
  • Module 5: Relationships between Mental, Law and Ethics
  • Module 6: Engage in the agency environment
  • Module 7: Impact on placement upon self
  • Module 8: Integration and reciprocation of theory to practice
  • Module 9: Research informing practice

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2 day residential school. The students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) – Djirruwang Program are supported in their study endeavours through DEEWR funding under Away from Base to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions (30 and 60). The following breakdown covers the number of days per subject per session/year to ensure that students are able to continue to be supported in their academic pursuits under the current funding agreement with the Indigenous Student Services (Ngungilanna). Third Year
Session One                Session Two
MHP311 - 2 days          MHP311 - 2 days
MHP301 - 2.66 days     MHP301 - 2.66 days
MHP302 - 2.66 days     MHP302 - 2.66 days
MHP312 - 2.66 days     MHP313 - 2.66 days
Total 10 days                Total 10 days

Across session 30 and 60 a total of 20 days, this meets the requirements for student support to attend residential schools from ISS.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 40 days duration. This is the final clinical subject in the course.

Specialised Resources

This subject requires periods of workplace learning therefore students will be required to integrate managed placement experience into their other commitments.  There is also a residential school.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.