MHP310 Complex Mental Health Presentation and Management (8)

This subject will develop student skills in caring for people with complex health and mental health concerns. Students will examine the long-term outcomes of serious mental illness including medication side effect profiles; non-responsiveness to treatment; older age and comorbidities. The subject will also explore neurodevelopmental disorders and neurocognitive disorders. Finally, forensic mental health will be studied to ensure an understanding of the Mental Health Act in the forensic system, and the complex mental health, dual disability and dual diagnosis of many of the consumers who are managed by the forensic mental health system.


* 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: MHP310. 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) Articulated Set.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine pharmacological treatments in serious mental illness including side effects such as metabolic and movement disorders, non-responsiveness to treatment, older age and comorbidities;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders and treatment modalities to support people with dual disability;
  • be able to interpret aspects of neurocognitive impairment including causes and treatment options;
  • be able to critique the forensic mental health care system including consumers with mental illness, substance misuse and dual disability; and
  • be able to explain other complex mental health presentations such as genetic disorders and dual diagnosis disorders.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • MODULE 1: Long-term serious mental illness;
  • MODULE 2: Neurodevopmental disorders;
  • MODULE 3: Neurocognitive disorders;
  • MODULE 4: Forensic Mental Health; and
  • MODULE 5: Genetic disorders causing complex presentations.

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.