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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Trish Martin


This unit will explore the social, political, legal, ethical and practice context of care for mentally disordered offenders. Clinical issues in forensic psychiatry and the needs of forensic mental health patients will be discussed. The knowledge and skills required by forensic mental health nurses to assess and care for mentally disordered offenders will be developed.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors (including historic, social, legal, medical, ethical) that shape forensic mental health care;
  2. Identify the specialist clinical nursing issues (including knowledge, skills, policy, practice, contextual) in forensic psychiatry;
  3. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills required by forensic mental health nurses in the assessment and care of mentally disordered offenders.


Workshop assessment task 10%
one case study (1500 words) 15%
one assignment (1500 words) 15%+ Essay (3500 - 4000 wds) 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Adjunct Associate Professor Trish Martin

Off-campus attendance requirements

One day on-campus workshop.


Must be a registered nurse with a qualification in psychiatric nursing.