MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities (8)

The subject provides the student with the opportunity to analyse culture and diversity in the context of Australian health care. Achieving cultural competence in health care is everybodys responsibility. (NHMRC 2005, p. 3). Australia is culturally diverse; therefore an appreciation for the diversity of the Australian health landscape is required to support all members of society to engage in all areas of social determinants. Health care professionals need to understand and respond appropriately to the needs of people from these diverse backgrounds and therefore demonstrate cultural competency. The subject further aims to enhance the students' knowledge and skills required to work with clients and their families and communities in the management of mental disorders and the promotion of emotional and social well being. It describes the diversity of families in relation to culture, family roles, communities and service provision. Furthermore, the subject discusses how to optimise available resources to benefit families and communities through primary care and general mental health care services, prevention initiatives, and development of interagency links and resources. 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 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MHP313. 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 research and analyse the diversity of the Australian population: including but not restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and immigrants;
  • be able to relate the impact of culture and diversity on the health of individuals, groups and society;
  • be able to describe the significance of kinship relationships in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • be able to examine causes of familial breakdowns and ways to initiate healing through family strengths;
  • be able to define and apply skills required to work with clients and their families/communities in the management of mental disorders and promotion of emotional and social well being;
  • be able to apply planning, problem solving and decision making skills as part of client management plan process;
  • be able to apply and evaluate evidence for best practice in mental health as it relates to working with families and diverse cultures;
  • be able to discuss how to optimise available resources to families and communities by working collaboratively through and with primary care and general mental health care services, prevention initiatives, and development of interagency links and resources; and
  • be able to demonstrate consistent application of formal writing skills and evidence of critical thinking.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1 - Culture and how is it approached by health care professionals
  • Module 2 - Multiculturalism
  • Module 3 - Significance of kinship relationships
  • Module 4 - World events - how they impact culture in Australia
  • Module 5 - Cross-cultural relationships within families
  • Module 6 - Provisions for diversity within healthcare settings

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).

Third Year
Session One               Session Two
MHP311 - 2 days         MHP311 - 2 days
MHP301 - 2.66 days    MHP301 - 2.66 days
MHP302 - 2.66 days    MHP302 - 2.66 days
MHP312 - 2.66 days    MHP313 - 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.


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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.