MHP109 The Body, Illness and Health (8)

Students enrolled in this subject will undertake three 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 an observational placement which aims to enhance students awareness of 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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP109. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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 describe the relationship between social, emotional and physical wellbeing;
  • be able to describe the human body, using appropriate anatomical terminology supported by digital technology;
  • be able to describe the functions of some of the vital organs of the human body as they relate to chronic diseases specifically experienced by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people;
  • be able to analyse and discuss the major illnesses and chronic diseases being experienced by Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples today;
  • be able to collect, analyse, reflect on and evaluate personal health data to understand the impact of optimal wellbeing and the affect this has on sustained professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Module 2: The disease process
  • Module 3: Epidemiology.
  • Module 4: Major illnesses and diseases.
  • Module 5: The roles and functions of health care professionals
  • Module 6: The major impacts on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today
  • Module 7: The impact of colonisation on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory 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).

First Year
Session One Session Two
MHP111  2 days MHP111  2 days
MHP112  2.66 days MHP115  2.66 days
MHP105 - 2.66 days MHP113  2.66 days
MHP109  2.66 days MHP114  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.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.