MHP313 Working with Families and Diverse Communities (8)

The subject provides students with the opportunity to analyse culture and diversity in the context of Australian health care. . As Australia is culturally diverse country it is the responsibility of all health care workers to develop their cultural responsiveness so that they can support the health and wellbeing goals of all members of society. Health care professionals need to understand and respond appropriately to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds and therefore demonstrate cultural responsiveness. Students will enhance the knowledge and skills they require to work with clients, families and communities in the management of mental health disorders to promote emotional and social wellbeing.
The diversity of families in relation to culture, family roles, communities and service provision will be explored. Students will develop ways to optimise available resources to benefit families and communities using primary care and general mental health care services, prevention initiatives, and interagency links.


* 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 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 research and critically analyse the diversity of the Australian population: including but not restricted to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and diversity associated with cross-cultural relationships;
  • be able to discuss the impact of culture and diversity on the health of individuals, groups and society;
  • be able to work effectively with individuals, families and communities in the management of mental health disorders and the implementation of emotional and social well-being strategies ;
  • be able to evaluate evidence and apply best practice in mental health as it relates to working with families and diverse cultures; 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; and
  • Module 6: Provisions for diversity within healthcare settings.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MHP313 in Session 2 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 %
Diversity and equity report
Presentation and synopsis
Student attendance (online)

Residential School

This subject contains a 1.5 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.