MHP111 Clinical 1 (16)

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
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP111. 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



Two sessions


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 reflect on their clinical experience and provide feedback that will allow for modification and improvement in their ability to effectively engage in future clinical placements;
  • be able to identify the impact of the cultural, psychological, physical, social, environmental, spiritual and political factors on people experiencing mental health issues;
  • be able to discuss how their clinical practice relates to professional practice expected, as reflected in the National Practice Standards for the Mental Health Workforce; and
  • be able to apply the generic skills of diploma level student of Charles Sturt University and the Faculty of Health Sciences to their studies.


This 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: Pawu Placement Report (DCAT)
  • Topic 5: 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

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Practicum/Clinical Placement - Students obtain and demonstrate valuable professional skills and competencies relevant to their area of professional practice. These field experiences include opportunities for students to observe and participate in work-based activities.

They may undertake placements in community mental health services and Indigenous health services in rural, remote and metropolitan services.

The program will continually monitor and evaluate:

" clinical supervision to ensure and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students students/industry needs are met in regard to clinical experiences;
" the provision of clinical supervision to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in the course, is consistent with existing clinical supervision arrangements offered to other students enrolled in health and related courses;
" supervisor/preceptor training to ensure quality and a thorough understanding of the course requirements by supervisors/preceptors;
" student/s clinical placement system for all students to ensure clear documentation and comprehensive records are kept;
" the alignment of learning objectives with the National Practice Standards (2002);
" continued maintenance of partnerships with key Area Health Bodies across all States and Territories;
" existing partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Medical Services and Social and Emotional Wellbeing Centres to facilitate students/industry needs in regard to clinical experiences.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 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 sessions 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 requires periods of workplace learning therefore students will be required to integrate managed placement experience into their other commitments.


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.