MHP213 Crisis and Assessment Management (16)

Mental Health is about the study, diagnosis, treatment and management of mental illness and mental disorders. This subject examines those mental illness and mental disorders. It focuses on the causes, prevalence, clinical features, classification, assessment, treatment and management issues.  Current mental health practice in Australia utilises the DSM IV and ICD 10 classification systems to assist in making a diagnosis. In addition students will also look at a range of assessment tools that are used in the assessment process including the MSE or Mental Status Examination.  The subject will provide students with the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to assess, and formulate a provisional diagnosis, and also to develop treatment and management plans in collaboration with significant others. Furthermore culturally appropriate models of assessment, diagnosis and care within existing legislative requirements and industry standards in mental health will be included. 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: MHP213. 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 identify the key mental health disorders/illnesses and describe their prevalence, clinical features and treatments;
  • be able to differentiate between psychotic and non-psychotic disorders/illnesses;
  • be able to describe the causes of mental disorders/illnesses;
  • be able to discuss and differentiate the importance of mental health classification systems;
  • be able to initiate and document a mental status examination and a mental health risk assessment;
  • be able to describe the principles involved in providing culturally appropriate care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing mental health disorders;
  • be able to formulate a multi-axial diagnosis and treatment plan utilising the DSM IV mental health classification system;
  • be able to research and reflect upon medications utilised for different mental health illness and mental health disorders;
  • be able to critically discuss within a team environment, management and treatment options for clients with a range of mental health disorders;
  • be able to research and demonstrate an understanding of Mental Health legislation throughout Australia using current digital mediums; and
  • be able to identify and debate issues in an informed manner, to be able to effectively advocate for all clients.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Mental Health Assessment
  • Module 2: Risk Assessment
  • Module 3: Diagnosing Mental Disorders
  • Module 4. Psychiatric Disorders and their Treatments
  • Module 5: Developing Management Plans
  • Module 6: Mental Health Legislation

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).

Second Year
Session One                   Session Two
MHP211 - 2 days             MHP211 - 2 days
MHP214 - 2.66 days        MHP209 - 2.66 days
MHP212 - 2.66 days        MHP216 - 2.66 days
MHP213 - 2.66 days        MHP213 - 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.