NRS512 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing (8)


The focus of this subject is to extend students' ability to engage in advanced mental health nursing practice.  In this subject mental health will be viewed from an historical perspective to contextualise and explore the theoretical underpinnings and current understanding of mental health and mental - ill health.  Health care provision is largely determined and driven by socio-political contexts, therefore specific international, national and state policies and plans will be appraised to facilitate an understanding of the broader impact socio-political issues have on the provision and delivery of mental health care today. Health care policies also determine the specific models of care that nurses are required to practice within and ultimately the care they provide to clients and family/carers.  Accordingly, this subject will also examine and compare the theoretical approaches and philosophical underpinnings of the various models of care that have been employed in mental health and the impact of these from an ethical and moral perspective.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: NRS512
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

Assumed Knowledge

Registered nurse experience and mental health knowledge at an undergraduate level.

Enrolment restrictions

This subject offering is restricted to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing (with specialisations) or Master of Nursing (with specialisations). 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate in writing, discussion and clinical assessments, a comprehensive knowledge of changing concepts of mental ill-health from an historical perspective.
  • be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the varying socio-political contexts of mental health nursing care including the impact of international, national and state health policy on mental health care delivery.
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to critically analyse the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of specific models of care used within mental health nursing practice and their impact on clients and family/carers.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • An historical overview of major theories utilised to explain and understand mental health and mental ill-health.
  • An appraisal of international, national and state policies and plans that impact upon the delivery and provision of mental health care today.
  • An overview of socio-political influences that impact upon the models of care offered in the current scope of mental health practice.
  • A comprehensive exploration of historical and current models of care used in mental health nursing.
  • Ethical and moral issues that impact upon mental health nursing practice.

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 7 days duration. Students will be mentored in their clinical practice for 50 hours by an experienced advanced nurse and/or physician. A collaborative competency based learning contract will support their advancing practice.


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.