Course Title: Working with Psychological Health and Disease

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working with Psychological Health and Disease

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Robyn Moffitt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3729

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.07.016B-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge

Course Description

This course will enable you to gain a better understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of illness and health. Key principles from cognitive, developmental, and social psychology will be outlined to better equip you with the challenges of understanding and responding appropriately to common psychological, social, and cultural determinants and barriers of illness and health. Depression, anxiety, and stress will be explored. As a future health care professional, you will also be introduced to strategies to better communicate with clients who have a mental health concern, as well how to identify those clients that may be suitable for onward referral to mental health professionals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 1. Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 4. Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO 5. Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO 6. Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7. Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider 


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

  1. Explain the key foundational principles underpinning determinants of health behaviour from cognitive, developmental, and social psychology 
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural determinants of poor mental health in contemporary healthcare practice 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of self-care and professional boundaries in managing patients with mental health conditions
  4. Identify and communicate effectively with relevant parties, legally and ethically, to manage patients with mental health conditions for onward referral
  5. Examine the various determinants of sound mental health and recognise the importance of these in patient management.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures are used to introduce new learning concepts (both theoretical and practical) and revise essential knowledge requirements. Lecture material and related resources are available on the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).

Group discussions during classes are encouraged as it develops independent thinking and provide shared learning experiences, from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

The Library has specialised Subject guides at 
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: Case Study

Weighting 45%

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

Assessment Task 2: Risk Assessment and Action Plan

Weighting 40%

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

Assessment Task 3: Formative Quiz

Weighting 15%

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