Collaborative Mental Health Care (200103)

Unit Type Core Unit
Credit Points 10
Delivery Mode Face to face onsite, e-Learning (online), Mixed / blended, Part Time

Collaborative practice underpins relationships in the delivery of recovery-oriented mental health care, extending to health professionals and those with lived experience of mental illness with whom they partner. Professional silos in education, training and practice, along with poor work cultures prevents effective communication, forming the basis of criticism levelled at mental health professionals. Moreover, a recovery-orientation demands that the doctor-patient relationship be re-examined in light of consumer-driven claims for a more equal footing in the determination, planning and implementation of mental health care within diverse contexts.

In this unit students will learn to establish, develop, promote and model effective collaborations and communication pathways in psychiatry making use of the CanMEDS domains of Collaborator and Communicator to explore populations of people and settings where breakdowns in these domains are a higher risk. Issues affecting Aboriginal people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, rural and remote populations and those where past trauma has a lasting effect will be addressed. Students will explore personality and organic disorders through these domains, completing the unit with an interprofessional exploration of opportunities to improve the physical health for people living with mental illness.

Learning Outcomes:

With knowledge of people from different cultures and contexts, or with personality or organic disorders, and reference to the student’s work setting and role in recovery-oriented care, by the end of this  unit, students will be able to;


Demonstrate how the ’communicator’ and ‘collaborator’ medical competencies can be utilised to support recovery journeys of people with mental illness.


Describe key factors of a culturally appropriate approach to mental health care, with illustrations of impact upon people from a chosen cultural background seeking care.


Critique areas for improvement within the student’s own written communication.


Using knowledge regarding the impact of different perspectives of mental wellbeing of Aboriginal people, reflect upon the adaptations required to provide recovery-oriented mental health care.


Reflect upon the impact of geographic, social and/or professional isolation on delivering collaborative mental health care consistent with contemporary standards.


Demonstrate the ability to integrate and collaboratively manage the patient’s physical health with the assessment and management of their mental health problems.


Apply knowledge of normal personality development to critique an available or planned mental health promotion, prevention or early intervention activity.