HLTH467-19X (C) General non-calendar-based 2019

Mental Health and Addictions

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 20 October 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 20 September 2019


This course will enable students to select, critically analyse and apply theoretical frameworks related to mental health and addiction across the lifespan and their impact on individuals and family/whanau.

Indicative Course Outline
- Human development, psychology and behaviour across the lifespan and major developmental issues at different life stages
- Mental illness and dependence across the lifespan including anxiety, disorders of mood, thought and degenerative conditions
- Recovery principles/wellness in mental health
- Mental health assessment and interventions
- Stigma and discrimination
- Disability, co-morbidity and mental health
- The social impact of mental illness
- Communicating and working therapeutically with people with a mental illness, personality disorder alcohol and drug dependence or dual diagnosis
- Legal and ethical issues in mental health for individuals, whanau/ family and society/community
- Evidence based care and critiquing research
- Pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, therapeutic drug monitoring, medications used in treatment of mental illness, adverse drug reactions and lifespan considerations

Learning Outcomes

1. Utilise a developmental framework to understand human development across the lifespan and life stages.
2. Describe the aetiology, pathophysiology and presentation of complex mental illnesses and addictions and their impact on people (including Māori), family, whānau and those with a disability.
3. Critically analyse the legal, socio-cultural and ethical issues surrounding mental illness for individuals and for communities including the impact of stigma and discrimination.
4. Evaluate/critique the concept of recovery / wellness in mental health and addiction services.
5. Analyse assessments, responses, interventions and the effectiveness of each to assist people who are experiencing an altered mental health or addiction status.
6. Understand the mechanism of action of selected drugs and critically discuss activities which maximise therapeutic effectiveness and minimise adverse reactions.
7. Utilise case studies to understand drug interactions, adverse drugs reactions and potential side effects of selected drugs including complementary medicines.
8. Critically evaluate research and apply evidence based practice to enable best quality health care provision and outcomes.

Course coordinator Margaret Hughes - Margaret.Hughes@ara.ac.nz


Subject to the approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences



Timetable Note

(M, Tu, W): July 22, 23, 24
(M, Tu, W): Aug 19, 20, 21
(M): Sept 9

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Health Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Written Essay 40% Please see general assessment notes for more information.
Presentation 20% Please see general assessment notes for more information.
Case Study 40% Please see general assessment notes for more information.

Written Essay - Nursing pathway students
This assessment is designed for you to critique current nursing literature associated with therapeutic interventions utilised in mental health care. The assignment needs to focus upon how a particular approach can impact upon an individual and the considerations nurses need to explore before implementing a particular strategy. Analyse what legal and ethical considerations need to be considered in association with the chosen intervention.

Written Essay- Non nursing pathway students
The assessment will structurally reflect the nursing pathway as above but an individual learning contract regarding a non-nursing approach to the literature (if applicable) will be negotiated with the course lecturer. Outcomes assessed 2, 5, 6, 7 Word limit 3000 words (excluding references)

Case Study- Nursing pathway and non-nursing pathway students
This assignment is designed to enable you to follow a systematic approach to assessment and identification of key issues and how to write a comprehensive case study. Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8  Word Limit: 3000 words (excluding references)

Presentation - Nursing pathway and non-nursing pathway students
This assessment activity is designed for you to present information coherently and comprehensively demonstrating your knowledge of management of medication and considerations for individuals taking psychotropic medications. You may present your findings in any format you choose but you must discuss your rationale and findings. Learning Outcomes 4, 5, 6, 8. Time Limit 15 minutes including discussion

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Edward, Karen-Leigh et al; Mental health nursing :dimensions of praxis; Third edition; Oxford University Press, 2018.

Resources from ARA library:

Dunn, H., Laracy, K., Trimmer,W.,  (2011) Psychopharmacology : a handbook for New Zealand health professionals: Whitireia NZ Shelf location = RM315DUN

Elder, R., Evans, K., Nizette, D., (2013), Psychiatric and mental health nursing, 3rd. ed. Elsevier; Australia Shelf location = RC440PSY

Varcarolis, E.M.,  (2011) Manual of psychiatric nursing care planning: assessment guides, diagnoses, psychopharmacology: Elsevier: Australia Shelf location=  RC440VAR
E-Books (access through Ara library)

Rosenberg, Gary; Weissman, Andrew; Wong, Daniel Fu Keung, (2014), Clinical Case Management for People with Mental Illness : A Biopsychosocial Vulnerability-Stress Model

Procter, Nicholas; Amar, Angela Frederick; Hock, Chang Kam, (2010) Advances in Contemporary Mental Health Nursing

Useful article citations you may want to consider to get you started;

Chandra, I., Kumar, K., Reddy, M., & Reddy, C. M. (2014). Attitudes toward medication and reasons for non-compliance in patients with schizophrenia. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 36(3), 294-298. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/0253-7176.135383

Gordon, S.E., Ellis, P.M., (2013), Recovery of evidence based practice. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22, 3-14. Doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00835.x

Hewitt, D. (2010). Self-harm minimisation and the law. Primary Health Care, 20(1), 24-25.

Holley, C., Horton, R., Cartmail, L., & Bradley, E. (2012). Self-injury and harm minimisation on acute wards. Nursing Standard, 26(38), 51-56.

Jung, X., & Newton, R. (2009). Cochrane Reviews of non-medication-based psychotherapeutic and other interventions for schizophrenia, psychosis, and bipolar disorder: a systematic literature review. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 18(4), 239-249. doi:10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00613.x

Muskett, C. (2014), Trauma-informed care in inpatient mental health settings: A review of the literature. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23: 51–59. doi: 10.1111/inm.12012

Pembroke, L. (2006). Limiting the damage. Mental Health Today, 27-29.

Soininen, P., V lim ki, M., Noda, T., Puukka, P., Korkeila, J., Joffe, G. and Putkonen, H. (2013), Secluded and restrained patients' perceptions of their treatment. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 22: 47–55. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00838.x

Shaw, C. (2012). Harm-minimisation for self-harm. Mental Health Today, 19-21.

Thompson, L., & McCabe, R. (2012). The effect of clinician-patient alliance and communication on treatment adherence in mental health care: A systematic review. BMC Psychiatry, 12, 87. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-244X-12-87

Wachtel, T., & Staniford, M. (2010). The effectiveness of brief interventions in the clinical setting in reducing alcohol misuse and binge drinking in adolescents: a critical review of the literature. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19(5-6), 605-620. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03060.x

Recommended Databases
CINAHL Full Text

Additional Course Outline Information

Course Coordinator

Margaret Hughes

Where to submit and collect work

Use the APA 6th Edition referencing system (information is about this is available via the CPIT and UoC libraries).
Submit your work to ‘Turn-it-in’ via the HLTH454 UCLearn Site on or before the due date.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,150.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

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