Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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4 points, SCA Band 3, 0.0833333 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jenny Torr


Historical, philosophical, ethical, humanitarian and legal issues in the lives and care of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities; epidemiology of intellectual/developmental disabilities; intellectual/developmental disability within the family life cycle, in society and across the lifespan are covered. Psychiatric disorder in intellectual/developmental disability is also examined in detail.


At the conclusion of this selective candidates will be able to:

  1. Understand, define and differentiate the terms Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability.
  2. Appreciate ethical, humanitarian and legal issues regarding people with intellectual/development disabilities and incorporate this understanding into psychiatric practice.
  3. Identify biopsychosocial risk factors for psychiatric disorders in people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  4. Understand and minimise the barriers to diagnosis of psychiatric disorder in people with developmental disabilities.
  5. Appreciate the importance of identifying the cause of a developmental disability and recognise common syndromes and behavioural phenotypes.
  6. Understand and describe how psychiatric disorders present in people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
  7. Differentiate and assess the causes of challenging behaviour.
  8. Conduct a modified psychiatric assessment and formulate a diagnostic hypothesis and management plan.
  9. Give an appraisal of various service models for delivering psychiatric services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.


1.Satisfactory participation in either face to face or on-line tutorials:
A) Participation in group discussion
B) Completion of learning activities
2. 1,500 word written assignment
Hurdle requirement: 75% attendance

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jenny Torr

Contact hours

The unit presented as a series of interactive seminars based upon learning modules.