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  • Objectives
    Specific aims of the course include: 1. To encourage students to become critical thinkers and pursue lifelong learning and self-directed professional development 2. To provide education about the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to effectively work in the area of mental health 3. To promote research and critical evaluation in clinical practice 4. To provide students with a broad understanding of the cultural, differences that exist in our community and their relationship to its individuals and mental illness 5. To facilitate the professional development of the student by providing the opportunity for students to engage in critical discussion of the scientific literature or clinical psychiatry with their collegues and lecturers who are experts in the field.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Psychiatry
  • Course description
    Year I

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    554-609  Foundations of Psychiatry
    The aim of this subject is to introduce the student to the neurosciences and their relationship to psychiatry. The student will be exposed to the diversity of this field and understand how this knowledge is integrated to understanding the individual ...     Semester 1     18.75

    554-611  Personality Theory & Human Behaviour
    The focus of this subject is the study of the theory of personality and of human behaviour and its clinical and therapeutic implications. The chief aim of the course is to consider the various theoretical approaches, which have been applied in order ...     Semester 2     18.75

    554-603  Neurosciences of Psychiatry
    The aim of this stream is to introduce the student to the neurosciences and their relationship to psychiatry. The student will be exposed to the diversity of this field and understand how this knowledge is integrated to understanding the individual a...     Semester 1     12.50

    Year II


    In addition, students must undertake one Secective I subject for Semester 1, and one Selective II subject for Semester 2.

    * For Selective Subjects, see below.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    554-610  Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    This subject will provide students with the opportunity to view the evolution of human behaviour throguh the life cycle from a developmental perspective.     Semester 1     18.75

    554-606  Adult Psychiatry I
    Adult psychiatric illnesses form the mainstay of clinical psychiatric practice and any clinical practitioner needs to understand these core illnesses. Hence this subject, along with Adult Psychiatry II will addres the theoretical underpinnings of the...     Semester 2     18.75

    Year III


    In addition, students must undertake one Secective I subject for Semester 1, and one Selective II subject for Semester 2.

    * For Selective Subjects, see below.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    554-640  Psychiatry of Physical Health & Illness
    This unit aims to explore the relationship between physical and psychological health and illness. The key components of this relationship will be explored from both a theoretical and clinical perspective. These concepts include how psychological fact...     Semester 2     18.75

    554-607  Adult Psychiatry II
    This unite is a continuation of Adult Psychiatry I. The inital 2 sessions will be a continuation of the curriculum for Adult Psychiatry I and include the topics of depressive disorders, mid-life and late middle-age. The remaining ten sessions will fo...     Semester 1     18.75

    Selective I Subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    554-615  Family in Psychiatry: Theory & Practice
    Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in family based approaches in mental health management and treatment. There will be opportunities for understanding theory, developing some practice skills and exploring practical applications of systems a...     Semester 1     6.25

    554-617  Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities
    People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have higher rates of psychiatric illness than the general population, yet much of this psychiatric morbidity remains unrecognised, undiagnosed and untreated. Federal and state government policie...     Semester 1     6.25

    554-622  Transcultural Mental Health
    Transcultural psychiatry concerns itself with the:nature of mental illness;causes and distribution of mental illness in different populations;culture and clinical practice, including the clinician-patient relationship; and thedesign of mental health ...     Semester 2     6.25

    554-618  Skills in Critical Appraisal of Research
    In this unit, students will gain statistical and methodological knowledge at a basic or introductory level. However the course has been designed to cover a broad range of revelant topics. The course will include an introduction to statistical and qua...     Semester 1     6.25

    Selective II Subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    554-624  Forensic Psychiatry
    The interaction between a mental disorder and offending behaviour is important not just for forensic mental health specialists but for all of those who work with the mentally disordered. Clinicians need to develop the skills to balance the needs of p...     Semester 1     6.25

    554-631  Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    This unit is intended to give a brief introduction into the theoretical underpinnings of the main forms of CBT andprovide a solid background in the practical applications of CBT in relation to common psychiatric disorders for which CBT is an appropri...     Semester 1     6.25

    554-633  Advanced Skills in Community Psychiatry
    The practice of psychiatry in the western world has changed in the last few decades from being based in institutions to within the community. Modern primary care and community mental health settings present different opportunities and challenges for ...     Semester 2     6.25

    554-616  Drug and Alcohol Use Disorders
    No description available     Semester 2     6.25

    554-634  Aboriginal Social & Emotional Wellbeing
    Through a series of interactive seminars and readings, students will engage witha range of perspectives on Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing. Historial, Social, Economic, Political and Cultural factors will be analysed to consider ways of und...     Semester 2     6.25

    554-632  Ethics of Psychiatry
    This selective will provide a solid introduction to the theory and practice of ethical decision-making in clinical psychiatry. Themes and topic will extend over a wide terrain but cover ethical aspects of the psychiatrist-patient relationship, diagno...     Semester 1     6.25

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