Course Title: Dual Diagnosis and Community Work

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Dual Diagnosis and Community Work

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: A/Professor Phil Maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will examine dual diagnosis and common co morbidities associated with mental illness. Working with complex presentations and nursing assessment of risk are an essential component. The course will expose you to a range of therapeutic stratagems and interventions for working with consumers across the service continuum. Community work such as Triage and Case Management and the role of the nurse within the multidisciplinary health care team as a co-ordinator of care delivery will be considered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for GD158 Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing in the following way:

PLO 1: The Mental Health Nurse acknowledges diversity in culture, values and belief systems and ensures his/her  practice is non-discriminatory, and promotes dignity and  self-determination

PLO 2: The Mental Health Nurse practices within a professional and ethical nursing framework

PLO 3: The Mental Health Nurse develops a therapeutic relationship that is respectful of the individual’s choices, experiences and circumstances. This involves building on strengths, holding hope and enhancing resilience to promote recovery.

PLO 8: The Mental Health Nurse’s practice incorporates and reflects common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. The Mental Health Nurse integrates international, national, local and state policies and guidelines with professional Standards and competencies.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically examine the social and political determinants of substance use in society.
  2. Apply motivational interviewing skills to promote goal setting.
  3. Demonstrate the principles of the trans-theoretical model to assessing clients.
  4. Consolidate knowledge and skills of counselling in helping clients to make change.
  5. Analyse common assessment and therapeutic tools used in the assessment of the dual diagnosed.
  6. Identify the role of the mental health nurse as a therapist with people who have a dual diagnosis.


Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of lectures, class discussion and self-directed learning exercises including directed reading of academic literature. You will also be expected to participate in experiential exercises and discussion on role plays to provide a solid theoretical basis to help you to achieve professional practice.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes. Your formative and summative assessment will take the form of a written piece of work requiring reflection and application on learning and practice undertaken during the course. Your participation in classroom or on line activities will also form part of your summative grade.

Teacher Directed: 36

Independent Learning: 84

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

There are no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1:  Assessment of Substance Use

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 5 & 6

 Assessment 2:  Reflective Learning Activities*

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

*Assessment 2 – Reflective learning activities will be conducted in class or on line if enrolled in distance education. Students can attend for some classes or work on line.

Assessment 3:  Recovery Focused Care Plan

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 5 & 6