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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5773C

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

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters


Phone:  9925 8268

Nominal Hours: 90

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required by workers who provide immediate and ongoing support and interventions for consumers with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues drawing on 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


1. 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


2. 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

Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to perform the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".

An important part of the learning in this course is to understand the complex and interconnected nature of addiction and drug use. Therefore learning activities have been designed to be holistic and take into account the many and varied aspects of alcohol and other drug use and the relationship it has with mental health. Therefore, learning in this course Therefore course is clustered for the purposes of learning and assessment with CHCAOD411 Provide Interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues.

Learning activities will include:

  • Workshops
  • Small group activities
  • Role plays 

Teaching Schedule

1: Pharmacotherapy - sessions introducing students to the principles and practice of community based pharmacotherapy
2:Dual Diagnosis - introduction to the concept of dual diagnosis
3:Overview of Victoria’s service system supporting clients with dual diagnosis
4 - 8:Mental State exam and introduction to the use of MSE with clients presenting with AOD and mental health issues

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.  This course CHCMH408C - Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers  with mental health and AOD issues will be delivered and assessed alongside the course CHCAOD411A - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software.
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 
If you need additional support, visit RMIT’s Learning Lab, either in person or online:

Overview of Assessment

There are a variety of tools used to assess this course including one hundred and sixty hours (160) of placement where competency will be assessed via a third party supervisor report and professional conversation. In addition students will be required to complete an intervention with a case study client - including a mental state exam.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

1: In pairs you will be required to complete a mental state exam on a case study given to you in class (semester 1)

2: You will be given a case study in class and are required to complete  a risk assessment, referral and treatment plan. This plan needs to demonstrate your understanding of the support needs of a client experiencing both AOD and mental health issues.

Placement Assessment Task: Placement Manual

Based on what you have learnt during your practical placement, develop a dual diagnosis resource kit. Your kits must take into account the range of support needs these clients have, barriers they may have to seeking assistance and information on the available support services- including referral, eligibility and access requirements.

You may choose to use your DHS region or State-wide as a catchment area for your kit.


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above). 

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment


Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at:;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at:;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site:;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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