HCS310 Mental Health (8)
This subject will provide a critical introduction to the field of mental health and mental disorders and the various mental health services and programs. It will examine biological, psychological and sociological frameworks relevant to mental health and mental disorders from an evidence based perspective. It will also provide an orientation to prevention, promotion, classification (diagnosis, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation) of mental disorders. Various factors that impact upon mental disorder such as socio-economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age are discussed as well as the relationship of people with mental disorders to their families, caregivers and others in supportive and regulatory roles. HCS310 introduces gender and cultural diversity including indigenous mental health in the subject via diverse case studies. Consumer and carer perspectives are also embedded into the learning within HCS310.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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 Humanities and Social Sciences
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the biological, psychological and sociological frameworks for understanding the etiology of mental disorders.
  • be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the mental disorder classification system
  • be able to identify the effects of oppression, discrimination and stigma on individuals with mental disorders and their families
  • be able to identify strategies to minimise discrimination and combat stigma.
  • be able to assess the risks and strengths of individuals, families and communities for the purposes of promoting mental health, early intervention, treatment and continuing care
  • be able to plan and conduct culturally competent, gender specific individual, family, group and community based capacity building and preventive interventions.
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of mental health policy and service delivery systems, legal and ethical issues.
  • be able to present work in appropriate professional and academic style and standard.

The subject will cover the following topics:

  • Mental health services in the Australian context.
  • Assessment in the mental health context
  • Legal and Ethical context of mental health
  • Culture and mental health
  • Stress, distress and self care
  • Challenging behaviours
  • Common mental health conditions
  • Suicide and self harm
  • Serious mental illness
  • Co morbidity of mental illness with substance abuse disorder
  • Older persons with mental illnesses
  • Approaches to mental health care service delivery

Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.