Course Title: Global Mental Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Mental Health

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Assocaite Professor Phillip maude

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7447

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.016

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders make a substantial contribution to the global burden of disease. Globally, almost one million people die due to suicide every year and it is the third leading cause of death among young people. The most important causes of disability due to health-related conditions worldwide include unipolar depression, alcoholism, schizophrenia, bipolar depression and dementia in low- and middle-income countries.

Global Mental Health will examine contemporary and emerging issues and advances in international practices in mental health. The course considers how to best improve mental health and achieve equity in mental health outcomes for all, whilst acknowledging the role of local context. The epidemiology of mental disorders in selected countries, treatment options, mental health education, political and financial aspects, the structure of mental health care systems, human resources in mental health and human rights issues are all addressed.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for MC268 Master of Mental Health Nursing in the following ways. The Mental Health Nurse:

  • PLO 1: Acknowledges diversity in culture, values and belief systems and ensures his/her practice is non-discriminatory and promotes dignity and self-determination.
  • PLO 4: Collaboratively plans and provides ethically based care consistent with the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural needs of the individual.
  • PLO 5: Values the contributions of other agencies and stakeholders in the collaborative provision of holistic, evidence based care and in ensuring comprehensive service provision for people with mental health issues.
  • PLO 6: Actively pursues opportunities to reduce stigma and promotes social inclusion and community participation for all people with mental health issues.
  • PLO 7: Demonstrates evidence based practice and actively promotes practice innovation through lifelong education, research, professional development, clinical supervision and reflective practice.
  • PLO 8: Practices by incorporating and reflecting common law requirements, relevant statutes and the nursing profession’s code of conduct and ethics. Integrates international, national, local and state policies and guidelines with professional Standards and competencies.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. CLO 1: Identify innovative mental health practices from around the world and consider the application of these to various communities.
  2. CLO 2: Critically review the impact of migration, displacement and colonisation on the identity of communities and their mental health.
  3. CLO 3: Critically appraise epidemiological data on the global burden of mental illness and in particular suicide, substance abuse and violence
  4. CLO 4: Identify assessment, monitoring and intervention strategies that are culturally sensitive.
  5. CLO 5: Develop culturally appropriate systems of monitoring health care needs within diverse communities and propose strategies to facilitate increased access to services and treatment for mental illness.
  6. CLO 6: Evaluate the potential impact of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) and International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD 10) on the treatment of diverse communities. 

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 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 assessments will primarily take the form of written work requiring reflection and critical analysis. Your participation in classroom or on line activities will also form part of your summative grade.

Teacher Directed Hours: 36 hours

Independent Learning Hours: 84 hours

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include lecture notes, self-directed learning packages, and targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Course material will be delivered via Echo, 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.

A Library Subject Guide is available at


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Transcultural care and mental health (2,000 word assignment)

Weighting 40%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Epidemiology of Suicide / substance abuse / violence in communities (3,000 word assignment)

Weighting 50%

This assessment supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Reflective Learning Activities (In class or online)

Weighting 10%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6