• Offered by Research School of Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Population Mental Health Research
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Psychology
Research, Treatment, Policy: Current Issues in Mental Health (POPM8001)

The aim of the course is to provide a practical introduction to the nature, epidemiology and treatment of mental health disorders. Lecturers are staff at the NIMHR and guest lecturers from other specialties. It is expected that the course will be of interest to postgraduate students with an interest in mental health, professionals working in sectors such as hospitals, employment agencies, nursing homes, or accommodation services, and public servants and administrators who need to keep abreast of the latest empirical findings in mental health research.

Places for this course are limited. Please contact the course convenor for further information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
•    Identify key issues in mental health.
•    Understand current theory and practice within the mental health arena.
•    Apply and integrate theoretical knowledge within a realistic practical context (such as hospitals and clinics, government departments, aged care facilities).
•    Conduct a thorough and analytical investigation into a specific current mental health issue.
•    Understand the methods and perspectives used within mental health research, and appreciate the influence of past conceptualisations of mental illness.
•    Develop problem solving and research abilities.
•    Develop critical thinking skills and techniques, particularly in relation to the evaluation of mental health treatment strategies and published research.
•    Communicate ideas and solutions with respect to salient issues in mental health in both oral (through tutorials) and written formats (through the assessment item).

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is anticipated to include a 4000 word assignment investigating a particular mental health issue (50%), a tutorial presentation (30%) and attendance/participation (20%).

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36 hours of lectures, tutorials and workshops/online activities/presentations.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Population Health to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Preliminary Reading



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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6285 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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