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Consumer Perspective: Theory & Practice (NURS90018)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5Online

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90018
Term 1 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject aims to extend participants foundational knowledge to support the development of clinical skills and expertise related to consumer participation in treatment and consumer involvement in mental health service delivery and review. The subject focuses on current State and Commonwealth directives supporting consumer participation in treatment and in service reform activities; consumer rights, and explores models of care that can enhance the consumer's involvement in treatment. The subject would be relevant for healthcare practitioners from nursing and allied health disciplines interested in consumer perspectives and participation in health and health services.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students will demonstrate theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and practical skills in relation to providing recovery-oriented care in legislated contexts by:

  • Understanding the origins, concerns and development of the consumer movement, consumer leadership and 'mad studies'
  • Integrating core precepts covered in the subject, such as awareness of the human rights at stake for consumers in legislated contexts, the potential impacts, and developing foundational knowledge of how to support consumer self-determination
  • Applying principles, knowledge and skills learnt in the subject to provide specialist mental health nursing care that demonstrates openness to and respect for the range of diverse ways that consumers understand their own experience

Generic skills

On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:

  •  Problem-solving skills by involvement in online discussions and activities
  •  Critical thinking skills by reflecting on perspectives that are not easily synthesised into a biomedical tradition
  •  Analytical skills through critical appraisal of the literature and development of arguments within the set assignments
  •  Ability to work as a team member through involvement in discussions and activities with fellow students
  •  Well-developed writing skills by completion of the assessment tasks
  •  Time management skills by planning their work and submitting information by the required deadlines

Last updated: 19 July 2019