HNN222 - Mental Health and Illness


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Waterfront (Geelong)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in course D355, D381, D387, H326, H329

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Patrick Forno


All of HBS109, HNN114, HNN122



Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1.5 Cloud (online) hours, 2 x 2 hour seminars per week and 120 hour clinical placement


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.


This unit is one of three within the Clinical Studies Cluster: Year 2 and aims to guide students in their development of knowledge that informs clinical decision making and skill development when caring for people who present with mental illness. A key focus will be on the impact of symptoms on the patient and family function, management of symptoms, and risk management of the person diagnosed with mental illness. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in assessment of patients with mental illness such as basic psychiatric interviewing, mental status examination, and risk assessment. These concepts will be explored within the context of the therapeutic relationship whilst maintaining patient safety. During a three (3) week clinical placement students will have the opportunity to further develop and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.

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