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Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals in Australia, 2nd Edition

Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals in Australia, 2nd Edition

Catherine Hungerford, Donna Hodgson, Richard Clancy, Michael Monisse-Redman, Richard Bostwick, Tony Jones

ISBN: 978-1-118-64480-5

Sep 2014

608 pages

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Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals in Australia, 2nd edition is the ideal resource for students who will be future health professionals working in allied health and medical environments in Australia. Set firmly within a wellness framework the text is also useful for health professionals, already working in a health-related field, who need information to support them to effectively assist people who experience mental health problems.

Drawing on the multidisciplinary expertise of Australia’s pre-eminent academics and clinicians, the text offers a user-friendly, jargon-free blend of theory and practice that will enable students to think carefully about the issues involved in mental health care and empower them to develop strategies for working effectively with people across the lifespan and from diverse cultures. Building on the success of the first edition, Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals, 2nd edition has been bolstered with an increased focus on coverage of child and adolescent mental health issues.

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Preface xiii

About the authors xv

Acknowledgements xvii

Chapter 1. Mental health care in Australia 1

Chapter 2. Assessment in the mental health context 51

Chapter 3. The legal and ethical context of mental health care 101

Chapter 4. Delivering culturally appropriate mental health care 137

Chapter 5. Common reactions to stressful situations 193

Chapter 6. Caring for a person displaying challenging behaviours 237

Chapter 7. Caring for a person with depression, anxiety or perinatal mental health 277

Chapter 8. Caring for a person who has self-harmed 331

Chapter 9. Caring for a person with a serious mental illness 377

Chapter 10. Caring for a person with a substance use disorder 423

Chapter 11. Caring for an older person with a mental illness 483

Chapter 12. Approaches to mental health service delivery 517


Review questions 558

Discussion and debate 559

Project activity 560

Websites 560

References 561

Glossary 565

Index 576

Each of our chapters contains a number of pedagogical features to support health professionals in their learning. These include:

  • Clear and concise explanations of new or mental health specific terms, including margin and glossary definitions
  • Boxed features titled ‘Upon Reflection’ that contain statements to encourage critical thinking, accompanied by questions to encourage the student to reflect upon what they have read
  • Discussion of topical issues or dilemmas relating chapter material to the real world in ‘The Big Picture’ features
  • ‘In Practice’ case studies or other practice-oriented examples to assist health professionals to link theory to practice
  • Summary of the content to assist the health professional to consolidate their learning
  • Sets of review, discussion and debate questions to support discussion and further exploration of content