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Unit Code: NMH868

Unit Name: Community Mental Health

Description: The course will focus on the prevention of mental illness, promotion of mental health and continuum of care in the community. It will enable them to examine & critically analyse the models of care and the delivery of mental health services in the community. Determinants of mental health in the community such as the social, political and cultural factors will be explored and discussed. Application of primary health care, health promotion strategy in mental health care services and management of the client during crises or experiencing violence will be analysed. Also they will be taught family health assessment and the expected role and function of the family in the recovery process of the client. Furthermore the importance of prenatal care, management of the child/adolescents and elderly psychosocial issues will be discussed .Students will develop an in- depth understanding of the role and function of the community mental health nurse.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of the course, the students will be able to: 1. Appraise the determinants of mental health in a cultural diverse community. 2. Apply the primary health care principles in the prevention of mental illness with health promotion strategies in the promotion of mental health. 3. Explain the different types of case management models used for the continuum of mental health care in the community. 4. Formulate nursing care plan to address the needs of families and carers of the individual affected by mental health problems/disorders. 5. Discuss the nursing management of the person who has been sexually abused or have experience domestic violence. 6. Explain the importance of Perinatal Mental Health. 7. Devise the appropriate nursing strategies when caring for child/ adolescence with mental health issues. 8. Develop the appropriate nursing strategies when caring for an elderly client with mental health issues. 9. Demonstrate the ability to plan and apply nursing skills in the management of clients with psychosocial issues (clinical practice).

Prerequisite: NMH864, NMH865 & NMH866

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 30

Offered In: Semester 2