NRS246 Emergency Care in Mental Health (8)


The aim of the subject is to prepare you to care for persons who are experiencing a mental illness in the emergency situation using an ethico legal framework in multicultural and Indigenous populations. This subject will prepare you for paramedical practice in both the metropolitan and/or rural and remote areas. The subject will provide you with the development of mental health skills for people experiencing a variety of mental health problems. Communication skills and crisis counselling will be examined to provide you with tools to interact with potential clients.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS246
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:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Associate Degree/Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) courses.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
* develop an understanding of society's attitudes to abnormal behaviour
* discuss the implications of labelling persons with a mental illness
* examine the roles and functions of health care workers who comprise the multidisciplinary health team in mental health
* examine the process of deinstitutionalisation and its impact on people experiencing a mental illness
* examine the settings in which individuals may receive treatment for disturbed behaviour
* discuss the effect of culture on mental illness
* examine assessment, intervention, and evaluation of persons with mental illness
* discuss the 2007 Mental Health Act and its significance for managing people experiencing a mental illness
* integrate knowledge of legal and ethical issues in the care of persons with mental illness
* appreciate the importance of the communication skills and counselling with the indigenous, caucasian and multicultural populations
* recognise the effects of their own style of communication in a counselling situation
* examine different theoretical approaches to counselling eg. cognitive behaviour therapy, behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy
* practise counselling within an ethical framework
* examine a number of mental disorders where counselling skills might apply


The subject will cover the following topics:
* Mental Status Assessment * concept of stigma and labelling * psychosocial aspects of physical illness * withdrawn behaviour * hostility and aggressive behaviour * delusional behaviour * depressed, suicidal and self-destructive behaviour * behaviour associated with confusion and dementia * passive-aggressive and manipulative behaviour * paranoid behaviour * behaviour associated with hallucinations * manic behaviour * 1990 Mental Health Act * MHOAT assessment * deinstitutionalisation * multicultural and Indigenous populations * cultural affects * psychopharmacology * crisis intervention skills * conflict resolution * substance abuse (including Poisons Act NSW) * delirium * sexual disorders * eating disorders * disorders relating to abuse * anxiety related disorders * dissociative disorders * post-traumatic issues * adolescent and child psychiatry


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.