NUR5227 S2 2022: Assessment Task 1: Assessment Details and Marking Rubric

NUR5227 – Integrated mental health care – S2 2022
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Assessment Task 1: Assessment Details and Marking Rubric

? Assessment title: Essay on critical appraisal

Alignment with unit learning outcome(s):
1 Critically analyse the national and state approaches to mental health service delivery in Australia
2 Describe how the current socio-cultural, economic and political climate influence mental health service delivery
3 Critically analyse national health policies and strategies designed to promote the mental health of the community, reduce the impact of mental health issues and support recovery
4 Discuss the importance of consumer and carer involvement in mental health advocacy and service delivery
6 Discriminate between mental health frameworks, policies, targets to address specific considerations for certain population groups and/or diversity of experiences
7 Critique the need for integrated approaches to mental health care across the lifespan

Details of task: Aim:
The aim of this assessment is to critically analyse how the socio-cultural, economic, and political climate may affect the implementation of Vision 2030 in the Australian mental health system and the impact of Vision 2030 on the local health service that you are working in.
Instructions:
To complete this task you should first consider the following:
1. The recent changes in the socio-cultural, economic, and political climate within Australia
2. The importance for the mental health services to support consumers and carers to be involved in aligning service delivery with Vision 2030
3. The importance of aligning Vision 2030 to the health service you are working
Then you should carefully select two of the statements which Vision 2030 imagines (Page 6- A Vision for mental health in 2030) and:
4. Identify a certain population group and/or people with diversity of experiences and critically analyse how well your service currently delivers on these two points.
5. Consider two (2) enablers and two (2) barriers relating to each of the points, and then suggest one (1) recommendation to overcome each of the barriers identified.
You should explore literature relating to these questions, including primary research as well as government and organisational documents (grey literature).
The above steps are preparatory, to develop your understanding of the topic. Your final submission should incorporate your evidence-informed
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answers to these questions, but you may organise your ideas and content in any logical order.
Essay Topic
When you have developed a clear understanding of the topic, you should organise your ideas into a 3000 word essay on:
How the recent changes within Australia will influence the implementation of Vision 2030 within the Australian mental health system?
You will need to include an introduction and conclusion for this essay.
Please make sure you de-identify your health-service while still giving context. For example you might describe the service as a public mental health service in rural Victoria.
Due date: 19th August, 1630 hrs
Word limit: 3000 +/- 10%
Value: 30%
Presentation requirements:
Size 11/12 font Arial or Times New Roman font with at least 1.5 spacing between lines
Pages should be numbered and your student ID number should be in the footer
Assessments must be submitted in Word format (not PDF) You may use subheadings to develop your assessment
References as per APA 7th format. You must use reputable literature/sources to support your writing, with a minimum of 20 references.
References must be within 7 years, unless seminal work
All in-text references count towards the word count. Reference list is excluded from the word count
If an assessment is submitted which exceeds the word count by more than 10%, the marker will stop reading at the required word count, and no further content will be marked
Estimated return date: within 20 days from submission
Hurdle requirements: N/A
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How the recent changes within Australia will influence the implementation of Vision 2030 within the Australian mental health system?

Introduction

Vision 2030 is a blueprint for a successful, connected and well-functioning mental health and suicide prevention system meeting the needs of all Australians. It was developed by the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) in 2019, and is based on the principles of person-centred care, early intervention, and recovery.

The recent changes within Australia, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic downturn, and the bushfires, have had a significant impact on mental health. These changes have led to an increase in the number of people experiencing mental health problems, and have also made it more difficult for people to access mental health services.

In this essay, I will discuss how the recent changes within Australia will influence the implementation of Vision 2030 within the Australian mental health system. I will argue that the changes will make it more difficult to implement Vision 2030, but that there are a number of things that can be done to overcome these challenges.

Body

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health. A study by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that the number of people reporting mental health problems increased by 16% in the first year of the pandemic (AIHW, 2021). The pandemic has also made it more difficult for people to access mental health services. Many services were closed during the pandemic, and even those that remained open were often operating at reduced capacity.

The economic downturn has also had a negative impact on mental health. A study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that the number of people reporting mental health problems increased by 12% in the first year of the economic downturn (ABS, 2020). The economic downturn has made it more difficult for people to find work, and has also led to an increase in financial stress.

The bushfires have also had a significant impact on mental health. A study by the University of Melbourne found that the bushfires led to an increase in the number of people reporting mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (Hodges et al., 2020). The bushfires have also led to an increase in social isolation and loneliness, which are both risk factors for mental health problems.

The recent changes within Australia have made it more difficult to implement Vision 2030. The increase in the number of people experiencing mental health problems has put a strain on mental health services. The closure of services during the pandemic has also made it more difficult for people to access the care they need. The economic downturn has also made it more difficult for people to afford mental health care.

Despite these challenges, there are a number of things that can be done to overcome them. First, it is important to increase funding for mental health services. This will allow services to expand their capacity and provide care to more people. Second, it is important to make mental health care more affordable. This can be done by providing subsidies for mental health care, or by making mental health care available through Medicare. Third, it is important to raise awareness of mental health problems. This will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and encourage people to seek help when they need it.

Conclusion

The recent changes within Australia have made it more difficult to implement Vision 2030. However, there are a number of things that can be done to overcome these challenges. By increasing funding for mental health services, making mental health care more affordable, and raising awareness of mental health problems, we can help to ensure that everyone has access to the care they need.

References

AIHW (2021). Mental health of adults, Australia, 2020. AIHW National Health Survey, 49. Canberra: AIHW.
ABS (2020). Mental health of adults, Australia, 2019. ABS National Health Survey, 48. Canberra: ABS.
Hodges, L., Bryant, R. A., Creamer, M., Silove, D., Steel, Z., Vos, T., … & Kessler, R. C. (2020). The mental health toll of the 2019–2020 Australian bushfires: a national longitudinal study. The Lancet Psychiatry, 7(9), 741-749.

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