This assessment enables students to demonstrate their understanding of contemporary concepts and priority
focus areas in mental health. This assessment requires critical discussion and exploration of current literature.
Students will be able to select one question (from a possible two) and will draw from national and
international perspectives within contemporary literature.
Choose one (1) of the following topic questions:
Question 1: Indigenous people are hospitalised for mental health issues at twice the rate of non- Indigenous
people and improving the mental health of Indigenous people is a national health priority (AIHW, 2020).
Critically analyse contemporary literature and discuss five (5) aetiological factors relating to mental illness in
Indigenous people. Describe one (1) evidence-based culturally sensitive nursing intervention that could be
implemented when working with an Indigenous consumer experiencing mental illness.
Question 2: Early intervention in mental healthcare is a national health priority (Australian Government,
Department of Health, 2019). Early intervention can have a significant positive impact on outcomes from
both an individual and community perspective. Critically analyse contemporary literature and discuss five (5)
benefits to early intervention in mental health. Describe one (1) evidence-based nursing intervention that
could be implemented when working with someone with an emerging mental health condition.