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 whereas primary health care is upstream. This addresses a range of health issues that have no specific medical intervention yet impact 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.


* 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
Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Science- Mental Health

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 explain health promotion, prevention and early intervention;
  • be able to discuss the differences 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 recognise how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations are involved in primary health care;
  • be able to identify the role of international organisations in primary health care developments; and
  • be able to understand the Australian health care system in relation to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander mental health, and how Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander mental health clinicians enhance the system.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Primary health care and the determinants of health;
  • Module 2: Primary, secondary and tertiary health care;
  • Module 3: Health promotion, prevention and early intervention;
  • Module 4: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisations and their role;
  • Module 5: Research and explain the role of the international organisations and developments in primary health care; and
  • Module 6: The Australian health care system in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP105 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
health information pamphlet or circular
Compulsory residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.8 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory as it forms a significant component of the teaching strategy in this subject. Further details about the residential school will be provided by your Subject Coordinator. Students will attend a total of 20 days at residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects in the course.

Students undertaking subjects within the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health)  Djirruwang Program may be eligible for federal government funding to attend the compulsory residential schools. This funding is set at 20 days across two academic sessions which meets the requirements for support from Indigenous Student Services.

Special Resources

Students will be required to attend compulsory residential schools throughout the year for this subject and other subjects throughout the course.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.