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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

9

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Strengthens students’ clinical leadership skills in implementing the available evidence based knowledge on a chosen topic directly relating to mental health and/or mental illness. There is an emphasis on leading the translation and application of knowledge to clinical practice settings.

Unit content

  • One specialist topic from mental health and or illness perspectives:
    • Addiction in mental health contexts
    • Lived experience of mental illness in the workforce
    • Suicide: drivers and mitigation
    • Psychological trauma from childhood into adulthood
  • Gaps and resonances between research evidence and practice
  • Change processes within mental health contexts
  • Management of the translation of research into clinical practice
  • Clinical leadership in mental health

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 critically contrast the findings from the literature with that of current practice and /or policy in clinical settings Intellectual rigour
2 apply and integrate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice settings Creativity
3 identify and apply mental health specific barriers and enablers to successfully changing practice and/or policy Intellectual rigour Creativity
4 explain how clinical leadership in mental health will influence the translation and application from literature to practice Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically contrast the findings from the literature with that of current practice and /or policy in clinical settings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. apply and integrate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice settings
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. identify and apply mental health specific barriers and enablers to successfully changing practice and/or policy
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. explain how clinical leadership in mental health will influence the translation and application from literature to practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Stanley, D., 2011, Clinical leadership: Innovation into action, 1st, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra, Vic. ISBN: 9781420256635.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.