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BMSC11009 Mental Health Literacy for Health Professionals
Mental Health Literacy for Health Professionals
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General Information


As a health care professional, you may encounter clients whose mental health challenges impact upon their daily lives. In this unit you will develop knowledge that will assist in your recognition of mental health disorders as a health care professional, and learn about the appropriate referral networks and therapeutic options that are available to deal with these issues. Your ability to communicate effectively with clients, with consideration and awareness of their different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, will be developed as part of this unit.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Essay
Weighting: 40%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%
3. Presentation
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Have your Say and verbal feedback


It was reported that the thoughtful feedback received from the Unit Coordinator helped encourage learning.


It is recommended that the new unit coordinator continue to provide thoughtful feedback to encourage learning.

Feedback from Have your Say


Some students would have appreciated clearer and more consistent guidance on the assessment tasks


It is recommended that the new unit coordinator review the assessment task instructions to ensure clarity and consistency for students.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the mental health landscape in Australia
  2. Recognise indications that a person might be experiencing mental health challenges from an inclusive and cross cultural perspective
  3. Describe the therapeutic options available for people who may be experiencing different types of mental health conditions and/or challenges
  4. Communicate effectively and considerately with clients of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Essay - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
3 - Presentation - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Essay - 40%
2 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
3 - Presentation - 30%
Textbooks and Resources



Mental Health Care

Edition: 4th (2020)
Authors: Catherine Hungerford, Donna Hodgson, Richard Clancy, Gillian Murphy, Auntie Kerrie Doyle
John Wiley & Sons Australia
ISBN: 9780730382928
Binding: Paperback

Pocketbook of Mental Health

Edition: 3 rd (2018)
Authors: Muir-Cochrane, E, Barkway, P & Nizette, D
Mosby Elsevier
United States
ISBN: 978-0-7295-4285-2
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

The third edition of the Mosbys Pocketbook of Mental Health is Out of Print, but is still available to view online at the CQUni Library website. If you prefer your own copy, you can purchase the 4th edition in both print and eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here:  http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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