Course Title: Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: OHTH5773C

Course Title: Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5334 - Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)

Course Contact: Mary-Josephine Wallwork

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 2328

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 90

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skill and knowledge required to provide immediate and ongoing support and interventions for consumers with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues.  You will explore a range of models and techniques supported by evidence.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMH408C Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues


E1. Support consumers with a dual diagnosis

Performance Criteria:

1.1       Identify consumers who may have co-existing mental health and AOD issues

1.2       Assess the impact and nature of co-existing conditions on individual consumers, including their social and legal status

1.3  Implement and support models of rehabilitation for dual diagnosis consumers 


E2. Identify, liaise with and support available services to address co-existing morbidity issues

Performance Criteria:

2.1       Identify and apply own service provision and agency interventions that address co-morbidity

2.2       Support other available services to address consumer with dual diagnosis

2.3  Directly support services commonly accessed by dual diagnosis clients to improve practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities

  • Industry speakers
  • teacher directed group activities/projects 
  • peer teaching 
  • group discussion 

Out-of-class activities

  • independent project based work 
  • online and other research 
  • independent study

Teaching Schedule


Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.



Assessment due

Units of competency addressed



  • Introduction to the course structure and assessment
  • Recognise and respond to signs indicating that a person may have co-existing mental health and AOD issues             What are the signs? What is appropriate response?
  • Identify own service provision and possible agency programs or interventions suitable for a person with dual diagnosis
  • Working within the parameters of your organization.  Following agency guidelines
  • Assessing the impact & nature of coexisting conditions on person – social, financial, legal status With these in mind – what is possible in terms of working with this person?  What is their readiness (motivation, priorities, goals for recovery) re their MH and AOD issues?
  • Research and consult with specialist services       
  • Working collaboratively with client Discuss with the person their existing services and supports, and their perspective on collaboration or coordination across services. Gather and review information on available service options and approaches with the person          
  • Support person to make informed decisions about approaches, including resources and services. Develop and document a plan with the person that reflects choices made
  • Referring to other services
  • Identify issues that are outside the scope of the service and/or the scope of the worker Collaboratively identify appropriate service and other support options with the person
  • Support positive decision making to assist the person to make informed choices about recovery options
  • Work collaboratively with the person to determine referral options, and responsibilities and consents required
  • Follow up and evaluate referrals to ensure they have been effective
  • Keeping case notes appropriately
  • Communicating within team, and with other services where appropriate and with consent.
  • Consider reflective practices, self-care, supervision





Mental Health First Aid – Day one

(accredited training)




Mental Health First Aid – Day two

(accredited training)





Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this unit will include assessment tasks to be completed within the workshop sessions and assessment tasks to be completed within a specified period following class delivery. Assessment tasks will include written assignments, scenarios, and short answer questions.

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Mental Health First Aid Assignment

Due date: 1 November 2016

Assessment Task 2: Case study scenarios and questions

Due date: 1 November 2016

Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


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