Forensic Mental Health Nursing

FBS80008 12.5 Credit Points


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Admission to GC-FHMN Grad Certificate of Forensic Mental Health Nursing or GD-FHMN Grad Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing

Aims and objectives

This unit provides mental health nurses with a greater understanding of the social, legal, political and clinical issues, including assessment and intervention skills that are required to work in forensic settings. The unit will equip students with knowledge regarding nursing interventions that are relevant to working with mental health service users in forensic settings, particularly those clients with challenging behaviours.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Apply advanced knowledge of the different settings forensic mental health nurses work in and evaluate how these settings may impact on practice
2. Critically appraise the unique factors of the forensic therapeutic relationship within an ethical framework
3. Evaluate the different nursing assessments and interventions relevant to working with forensic mental health service users
4. Analyse the unique challenges for nursing in forensic mental health settings and identify appropriate principles to work through these challenges

Courses with unit

GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science
GC-FMHN Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing,
GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science