HNN789 - The Physical Health Needs of Persons with Mental Illness


2024 unit information

Offering information:

Not offered in 2024 - first offered Trimester 2 2025

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2 2025: Online

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H568, H569, H575, H645, H665, H666, H667, H668, H669, H672, H675, H679, H771, H777, H779


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities delivered, including 3 x 1-hour online seminar


It is well understood that people living with mental illness have significantly poorer physical health outcomes and have a life expectancy up to 20 years lower than people without mental illness. The reasons for this advanced mortality are multifactorial and are influenced by treatment, social determinants of health and stigma. This unit is designed to advance nurses’ understanding and knowledge of the physical health issues associated with mental illness and its treatments to optimise the health experiences of people living with mental illness. In this unit, students will explore the significant iatrogenic complications commonly experienced by consumers taking psychotropic medications, including metabolic syndrome and other conditions caused by medication-induced obesity. Students will broaden their understanding of and critically reflect on the complexities of mental health treatment, and cognitive biases such as diagnostic overshadowing to improve their nursing practice, whilst optimising consumer health.

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