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The development and implementation of a mental health major

Building on the comprehensive course review of the previous undergraduate nursing course in 2006–07, as part of ECU’s commitment to quality teaching and learning, the following process was proposed:

  1. Establish a transdisciplinary reference group (including mental health consumers, carers, Aboriginal community members, student representatives, undergraduate nursing program representatives from both campuses, non government organisations; government representatives; and industry, professional and educational representatives) that will report to the Head of School/Chair in Mental Health Nursing.
  2. Analyse student feedback (this includes unit evaluations and relevant program evaluations as well as the course experience questionnaires).
  3. Analyse industry and workforce trends and needs.
  4. Review best practice in education including consultations and literature review (possibly establish a benchmarking process);
  5. Establish guidelines for the process and deliverable based on criteria and the 12 core values.
  6. Plan the scope of the course/unit/s review and timelines aligned with ECU Quality Review Cycle and relevant State and national competencies and standards for mental health nursing.
  7. Establish the full structure to oversee and implement the proposal (including incorporation of mental health scenario based learning and healthcare simulation, engagement of learning development services for online development and plan how resources e.g. additional and dedicated administrative support are provided).
  8. Confirm relevant and broad based practicum arrangements, including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
  9. Align assessment to graduate attributes and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Competencies (ANMC) competencies and relevant professional standards.
  10. Address all teaching and learning ECU requirements and Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia.
  11. Effectively promote changes to industry and students.


Professor Cobie Rudd

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