MHP113 Introduction to Pharmacology in Mental Health (8)

This subject introduces fundamental mechanisms of drug action and the commonly prescribed and used pharmacotherapies within Mental Health disorders. This subject introduces students to the terminology and drug nomenclature used in the primary health care context. The subject concentrates on commonly prescribed and used medications in mental health, and provides the framework for the development of the necessary skills and abilities required to engage within a multidisciplinary team within the health system. It builds on the knowledge and concepts introduced in MHP109 Body, Illness and Health.  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
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP113. 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 identify and discuss the mechanism of action of drugs (at a fundamental level);
  • be able to apply an understanding of the relationship between social, emotional and physical wellbeing and the effects of specific medications used within the mental health context;
  • be able to discuss selected drug groups (specific to mental health);
  • be able to identify and discuss the need for various dose forms for commonly used medications in mental health;
  • be able to identify and discuss the basis for secondary or unwanted side-effects of drug actions;
  • be able to apply the skills required to effectively communicate with patient/clients and with peers and other health professionals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Overview of selected dose forms
  • Module 2 - Commonly prescribed medications used in mental health
  • Module 3 - Overview of mechanisms of actions of identified medications from Module 2
  • Module 4 - Secondary side-effects to medications (wanted or unwanted)
  • Module 5 - Evidence-based practice. Is all information equally good?

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).

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.