Australian Catholic University and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (SoNMP) strongly supports the right of all people to pursue a mental health course.
Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit, while preserving the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. The inherent requirements are the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to complete the course that must be met by all students.
Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.
The School is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional practice and other activities to enable students to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.
While students are not required to undertake a clinical placement for this degree, they are required to be employed in a mental health role, and this role must continue throughout the period of their study.
To support prospective and current students' decision making, a series of inherent requirements statements have been developed. These statements specify the essential skills, knowledge and abilities required for a mental health course. Students should use this information to make informed decisions about their chosen course of study. The statements are clustered under 5 domains consisting of domain one - ethical behaviour, domain two - behavioural stability, domain three - communication, domain four - cognition, and domain five - sustainable performance.
The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide to inform decision making for students and staff.