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Mental health is a key public health priority. The impact of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders and psychosocial disability are substantial on individuals, families and society worldwide, contributing to 10.3% of the Global Burden of Disease and 28% of Years Lived with Disability. Many MNS disorders can be prevented and/or treated with effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation at the population level.
This subject is an introduction to the field of population and global mental health and will provide an overview of the trends and determinants of mental health; the inter-connection between mental health and physical health; its association with socio-cultural factors; its differential conceptualisation and manifestations across cultures; the individual, familial, societal and global implications of mental disorders; leading contemporary frameworks, theories and approaches to mental health system development and implementation; and the importance of a holistic and whole-of-society approach. The subject will highlight the critical role of the community and society as a whole in supporting people with mental health problems. The students will be introduced to some of the major initiatives in this area both within Australia and overseas.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Apply their knowledge of the following from an Australian, cultural, and global health perspectives.
- Critically examine how development and implementation of approaches to mental health system development and service delivery may differ across countries, settings and populations
- Assess current and future mental health needs of a particular population for promotion, prevention, detection, treatment, rehabilitation and social support.
- Develop an Action Plan for a particular mental health issue in a specific context
- the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of mental disorders;
- the public health and societal implications of mental disorders and psychosocial disabilities;
- the key trends and determinants of mental health;
- the contemporary approaches and frameworks to mental health system strengthening e.g., policy, plans and legislation, financing, promotion, prevention, service planning and delivery, advocacy, human resources for mental health, information system and research; and
- key methodological and ethical issues related to mental health research.
At the end of this subject students are expected to have developed critical thinking and analytical skills, an ability to find, evaluate and use relevant information, written communication skills and problem solving skills.
Last updated: 18 December 2020