Course Title: Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Partnerships

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Foundations of Mental Health Nursing Partnerships

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Sarah McFadyen

Course Coordinator Phone: Please contact via email

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to undertake this course you must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Division One Registered Nurse.
Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Course Description

This course provides opportunities for knowledge and skills to enhance effective communication. Theoretical content for this course includes principles of effective counselling, theories of individual and groups counselling, individual counselling approaches, group processes and theories of group dynamics. Effective ways of working with consumers with challenging behaviours will also be explored.

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 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 4: The Mental Health Nurse collaboratively plans and provides ethically based care consistent with the mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, social and cultural needs of the individual.
  • PLO 7: The Mental Health Nurse demonstrates evidence based practice and actively promotes practice innovation through lifelong education, research, professional development, clinical supervision and reflective practice.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Critically examine the development of therapeutic and effective relationships with consumers. 
  2. Examine approaches to counselling within mental health settings. 
  3. Examine the use of self as a therapeutic tool when working with consumers living with a mental illness. 
  4. Identify specific and appropriate communication strategies for consumers exhibiting maladaptive behaviours.  
  5. Evaluate principles of assertive behaviours in a range of interactional context with consumers and carers as well as among other health care professionals. 
  6. Explore group functioning by reflecting on group dynamics and personal style of relating.  

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities you will undertake during this course include a mixture of recorded 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 assessment 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 and online activities will also form part of your summative grade.

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 Canvas LMS, Discussion Board interaction and Collaborate Ultra tutorial sessions. 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

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Communication within mental health settings (Written Essay)

Weighting of final grade: 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Reflective Learning Activities

Weighting of final grade: 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Collaborative Care within Mental Health (Written Essay)

Weighting 50%

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