Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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8 points, SCA Band 3, 0.1666667 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedNot offered in 2012
Coordinator(s)Dr T Chong


The aim of this subject is to provide students with an introduction to the perspectives, underpinnings and practice of psychiatry.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the biomedical, psychological and social sciences which inform psychiatric practice;
  2. understand the principals of adult learning and continuing professional development;
  3. demonstrate the ability to access and critically review the psychiatric literature;
  4. discuss the ethics of psychiatric practice and relate this to clinical cases;
  5. conduct and write up a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and formulation;
  6. demonstrate knowledge of psychiatric research methodologies;
  7. demonstrate knowledge of the impact of mental illness on families and carers and basic family interventions;
  8. demonstrate knowledge of systems of service delivery and the role of psychiatry in relation to other clinical disciplines.


A 1.5 hour examination at the end of the unit
Hurdle requirement: 75% attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr T Chong

Contact hours

Approximately 3.5 hours of lectures per week