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Essay Topic:

Nearly half of Australians will experience a mental illness at some stage of their lives. Despite this, consumers living with mental illness continue to experience stigma and discrimination. What effect does stigma have on individuals diagnosed with mental illness and what strategies are available in Australia to combat this?

Consider The Following Points:

· Define and describe stigma and discrimination for consumers living with mental illness

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· Highlight historical factors, types and causes of stigma and discrimination

· Incorporate legislative frameworks and standards that are relevant to support the reduction of stigma and discrimination

· Discuss the mental health nurse’s role and nursing interventions in relation to reducing discrimination and stigma for persons living with mental illness

· Discuss the consumers’ and carers’perspectives, and lived experience research relating to the topic

· Consider current/future mental health nursing practice and research implications Your essay should include the following:

· Review and critically analyse the literature

· Use high-level quality contemporary evidence-based literature (i.e. peer reviewed journals) to inform the discussion and critical analysis

· Word limit for the essay: 1200 words, including in-text citations (but excluding words contained in the reference section) Length (Word limit)

Due Date: Essay is due in week three, See VU Collaborate Assessment Criteria


· Start by setting the context and providing relevant background information.

· Include a thesis statement that is a response to the essay question, and that summarises the main aim or argument of the essay.

· Outline the main ideas to be discussed in the essay, in the order they appear in the body of the essay.Body

· Each paragraph should cover a single idea expressed in a topic sentence, followed by supporting evidence and examples from contemporary academic literature, including peer-reviewed journal articles.

Conclusion: A Summary Of Your Appraisal.

· Restate your thesis and sum up your arguments
· Make recommendations for future directions All written assessments must align to the following academic standards:
· use high-level quality contemporary evidence-based literature to inform the discussion and critical analysis
· use of the third person, unless specifically indicated otherwise;
· APA 6th edition for in-text citations and reference list;
· the following structure: an introduction, body and conclusion or as per directions in the assessment instructions;
· adherence to the word count;
· a 12 size font in either Arial, Times New Roman or Calibri;
· 1.5 line spacing; and
· submitted using an MS word document only.

All Assessments Should Have A Title Page That Specifies:

· Unit Code & Unit Name
· Student Name
· Student Identification number
· Title of assignment
· An accurate word count that includes in-text citations, but excludes the reference section at the end of the essay The academic learning hub (located at St Albans library) is a useful service that can assist in the essay planning process. Students should refer to VU Assessment for learning policy regarding word count and late submission penalties. Rubric and Submission Details
· See rubric provided for this assessment task in VU Collaborate.
· Submit your assessment task to the Assessment drop boxes.
· Note that your submission will be checked for originality via Turnitin.