MHP105 Introduction to Primary Health Care: Mental Health (8)

There is evidence that increasing involvement and control of health policy, health initiatives and service delivery by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people themselves delivers improved health outcomes.  A Primary Health Care model is the focus of this subject, which covers the promotion of health and mental health, early intervention and the prevention of illness. The subject simplifies the dynamics of care, explaining the differences for upstream, midstream and downstream models of care, downstream being primary medical care where as primary health care is upstream. This addresses a range of health concerns that have no specific medical intervention yet has concerns for populations as well as individual health, community involvement and the use of current technology. 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.


* 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: MHP105. 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 define primary health care and identify the determinants of health;
  • be able to define health promotion, prevention and early intervention;
  • be able to differentiate between primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care;
  • be able to describe how the principles of primary health care address individual self care and population health;
  • be able to reflect on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations are involved in primary health care;
  • be able to explain the role of international organisations in primary health care developments;
  • be able to research and describe the Australian health care system in relation to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mental health;
  • be able to participate as an effective team member.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights
  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Ottawa Charter (1985);
  • Adelaide Declaration
  • Australian health care system
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary health care
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • Collaboration, facilitation, group work, partnerships and relationships; any group work.

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.66 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject.

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).

Special Resources

This subject has a residential school


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.