Mental Health and Wellness


    Key Information

    20 April - 28 June 2020
    Census date: 
    27 April 2020
    10 weeks online 
    Dr Susan Sumskis
    Subject Code:

    Subject Overview

    A state of wellbeing is defined as every individual having the opportunity to realise their own potential, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully and make a contribution to their community. 

    Rapidly evolving evidence and the emergence of new research technologies are forcing revision of historical truths,  beliefs, traditions and approaches to mental health and wellness.  


    This subject explores recent developments in our understanding of mental health and wellbeing, including severe challenges to mental health and the associated impact on the lives of people having these experiences and their families and communities.


    A Mental Health and Wellness (HSW914) subject is also offered (on campus) as part of the Health and Social Wellbeing curriculum, designed for health professionals working in a broader range of healthcare settings. 


    Learning Outcomes

    • Critically discuss and analyse attitudes and responses to mental health and severe challenges to mental health

    • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation such as state Mental Health Acts, Australian Human Rights Commission Act and the Disability Discrimination Act.

    • Synthesise and articulate approaches to mental health and wellness, including positive perspectives, strengths-based approach, facilitation of recovery, resilience and citizenship

    • Demonstrate skill in the selection and application of a range of interventions and techniques concerned with people’s values, needs, goals and wellness.