Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Macquarie University. Through exploring the administration of forensic mental health services in Queensland, you will gain a thorough and comprehensive understanding of how policy and legislation can help resolve issues surrounding mental health at a societal and individual level.

To begin with, you will gain an overall understanding of the different bodies and key pieces of legislation surrounding Queensland’s mental health administration. Following this, you will explore the conviction process that offenders with a mental health issue undergo. This includes discussing initial contact with a criminal court, all the way through to post-release considerations.

The impact of policy and legislation in Queensland provides a focal point for you to understand the machinations and decision-making process of forensic mental health administrators.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, applicants cannot have already completed this unit or an academic equivalent, and must also be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Master of Forensic Mental Health
  • Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Areas of study

In this Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction and overview
  • Sources and types of law
  • Criminal law
  • Mental health considerations in criminal law
  • Mental health law and policy
  • Forensic mental health law and policy
  • Initial contact with the criminal justice system
  • Pre-trial and trial
  • Sentencing
  • Corrections
  • Post-release considerations
  • New directions in forensic mental health
  • Review week and case study preparation

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Forensic Mental Health

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

For anyone serious about a career in forensic mental health policy, this unit provides you with analytical insights, as well as practical experience through evaluating the policies of the state of Queensland. The detailed focus of the unit allows you to understand forensic mental health policy beyond the level of statutes, and provides you with a window into the real human stories behind mental health convictions. From an employer’s perspective, successfully completing this unit proves you have a competent analytical mind, and in-depth knowledge of issues affecting forensic mental health.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Forensic Mental Health Legislation and Policies from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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