Perinatal, infant and younger child mental health (22 weeks gestation to 11 years of age)

10 Units

This course provides health care practitioners the theoretical knowledge and clinical skill development to appropriately and effectively assess and work with young pregnant women (to age 24 years), infants and young children in mental health and non-mental health settings. This course develops theory and skills to recognise, intervene and prevent mental health problems in the younger age group.
The course will cover aspects of care related to risk management, assessment, parent/carer education, specific clinical practice skills and discipline specific consultation and referral guidelines when developing care plans for young people requiring mental health support, regardless of their setting or clinical context.
The course includes content relevant to rural and remote settings and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perinatal, infant and younger child mental health care within government and non-government clinical services.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Retrieve, critique and apply evidenced based literature to inform clinical practice decisions when working with young mothers and children aged perinatal (22 weeks gestation - 11 years).
  2. Undertake appropriate mental health assessment and risk management with sound clinical judgement compliant with best practice and policy guidelines for your mothers, expectant fathers, infants and young children (22 weeks gestation - 11 years).
  3. Develop a plan of care for young mothers and children (22 weeks gestation - 11 years) with a mental health disturbance or illness, which demonstrates the provision of holistic care for the person, their carer and family using current evidence and theories.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication with patients/women and their families and within a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary mental health care team and integrated care systems with other healthcare services.
  5. Discuss the mental health disparities in relation to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous young Australian and how appropriate mental health care strategies can help close the gap.
  6. Reflect on current practice and plan ongoing development with personal and professional goals.
  • Developmental theories
  • Therapeutic models
  • Clinical decision making and integrated care
  • Clinical boundaries
  • Legal and ethical considerations
  • Perinatal mental health for pregnant young women
  • Emotion, anxiety and behaviour disorders
  • Integrating infant programs
  • Comorbid Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Parent/Carer support education
Assumed Knowledge Foundational mental health knowledge: theories, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of health care research, human bioscience, psychology and sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary mental health issues.
Assessment Items
  • Presentation: Presentation
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • Portfolio: Portfolio

Contact Hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1


Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1
Students enrolled in Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing only. For all other students this is optional but encouraged.

Self-Directed Learning

Online 7 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting week 1

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6025
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