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Advanced Skills in Community Psychiatry (PSYT90062)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90062
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 the medical practitioner compared with hospital environments. These include working more effectively with consumers and carers as well as an often complex service system involving multiple agencies. Medical practitioners need to be aware of specific community based treatment strategies and to critically appraise the evidence for these treatments and service models. Recovery processes are also better understood and should be incorporated in treatment plans. Ethical, cultural, socio-economic and political issues all impact on primary care and community psychiatry and practitioners need to be cognizant of these. In this selective, students will gain an in-depth understanding of primary care and community psychiatry as well as acquiring some advanced skills in treatment and service planning and delivery appropriate to these settings.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Describe the incidence, prevalence and presentation of psychiatric disorders in primary care
  • Describe the factors affecting treatment outcome (including lifestyle, social, broad cultural and environmental factors)
  • Apply the various biological, social and cultural models to understanding and treating psychiatric disorders in primary care and the community
  • Understand and apply the principles and practice of providing effective mental health treatments in diverse community settings
  • Appraise the various ethical, cultural, socio-economic, practical and political factors influencing service delivery
  • Interpret and disseminate relevant scientific information in primary care and community psychiatry

Last updated: 24 August 2019