Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2012 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosemary Sheehan


An introduction to the social work knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualising and assessing health and mental health problems. The unit provides a framework for understanding contemporary health concerns which impact on the individuals and families who come to social work attention. The subject also looks at contemporary approaches to service provision for people with general health or psychological disorders, and at relevant legislation and ethical issues that influence the provision of health services in the community.


By the completion of this unit students should have an understanding of the knowledge and skills appropriate for understanding and assessing health and mental health problems; a knowledge of the role of social work in health and mental health settings; and an understanding of the key services in the health and mental health fields.


Literature review: 30%
Examination (1 hour): 30%
Major essay (2000 words): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Rosemary Sheehan

Contact hours

4 hours per week


SWK 3250. Social work units are only available within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.