POPLPRAC 754 : Infant, Child and Adolescent Primary Mental Health

Medical and Health Sciences

2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Provides an overview of the recognition and primary care management of mental health in the under-eighteen age group. A clinically focused course for primary care practitioners. The content covers attachment, early intervention, development, risk assessment, resilience and families. Topics include depression, anxiety disorders, substance use, eating disorders, first episode psychosis, pain, somatic presentations, disruptive behaviour disorders and common behavioural problems.

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of the recognition and primary care management of mental health in the under 18 age group. It is a clinically focused course for primary care practitioners. It will enable health professionals to gain new skills, knowledge and attitudes that they will be able to immediately apply in their day-to-day practice.

Please note the course is for clinicians / registered health professionals only (eg GP's, Nurses, Registered allied health)

Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

Course Contacts

Academic Co-ordinator and Lecturer:
Dr. Marion Roberts
Email: marion.roberts@auckland.ac.nz

Course Administrator
Mrs Upendra Wickramarachchi
Group Services Administrator
Email: u.wicks@auckland.ac.nz

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Master of Health Sciences

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of social / emotional development of infants, children and adolescents within their cultural context in Aoteoroa New Zealand. (Capability 1.2 and 2.1)
  2. Identify and assess indicators of mental health problems in infants, children and adolescents in primary care. (Capability 1.2 and 2.1)
  3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of current best practice and treatment options of common mental illnesses for infants, children and adolescents who present with a mental illness in primary care. (Capability 3.1 and 5.1)
  4. Identify and evaluate primary mental health resources in your own community for the 0-18 year age group (Capability 3.1, 5.1 and 6.2)
  5. Identify and critically evaluate referral pathways to secondary services and how to access them in your community to assist the 0-18 age group including when to access secondary services. (Capability 1.1 and 3.1)
  6. Critically reflect on and evaluate how you support patients / clients in using available resources in primary care which are culturally relevant. (Capability 5.1, 6.1 and 6.2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Case Based Vignettes X 4 60% Individual Coursework
Case Based Essay 30% Individual Coursework
Discussions 10% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Case Based Vignettes X 4
Case Based Essay

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 1-2 hours of online lecture content,  2-3 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 2 hours of work on assignments, on average (assignment workload will wax & wane). Additionally there is one 2-day block course of lecturing, on campus (Grafton).

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including on-site block course teaching to complete components of the course.
Lectures are largely delivered/available as recordings. In person lectures (block course teaching) will not be available as recordings.
The course will include optional live online events, to discuss assignment requirements.
There is no test/exam for this course
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable, which is a suggestion, but aligns with assignment deadlines 

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Student Feedback

At the end of every semester students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback and respond with summaries and actions.

Your feedback helps teachers to improve the course and its delivery for future students.

Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the department and faculty staff-student consultative committees.

Other Information

To enrol, you must be a NZ registered clinician eg with HPCA or equivalent (GP/medical, nursing, social work etc)

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 03/02/2022 09:35 a.m.