HLSC210 - Mental Health and Illness

10 cp
Prerequisites Foundation Year Units or equivalent
Teaching Organisation 150 hours of focused learning.

Mental health and illness has emerged as a major issue in the Australian health landscape. Mental illness contributes a significantly to the burden of disease and the increasing cost of the provision of health care. Paramedics thus need to understand the pathology of mental illness and be equipped to manage the patient with mental health issues in a person-centred approach. Paramedics must also be conversant with associated pharmacology and administer specific pharmacological agents to achieve improved outcomes.

This unit develops students’ knowledge of the physical, mental and biopsychosocial factors that contribute to personal, individual, family and community mental health. It also examines the role of the health professional in caring for persons who have alterations to their emotional and mental wellbeing across the lifespan. In particular, it will enable students to develop a holistic and consumer-oriented focussed approach to the provision of care highlighting the therapeutic use of self, and ethical, legal and professional boundaries that influence practice. Students will be provided with the opportunity to demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in caring for persons with mental illness. Students will also explore the role of the paramedic in delivering person-centred, culturally-sensitive and globally informed health care in the setting on mental illness.