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BMRI5019: Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

2024 unit information

This unit is designed for medical practitioners such as general practitioners, emergency physicians, physicians, paediatricians and surgeons. Students will develop skills in the recognition and management of mental health conditions that frequently present in primary health and hospital settings. The unit will cover high prevalence mental disorders including mood, anxiety, stress and trauma-related disorders, including complex trauma as well as the low prevalence disorders such as psychosis. Managing psychiatric emergencies, the use of the Mental Health Act and medical comorbidites will be demonstrated. Students will develop skills in assessment, mental state examination, and the biopsychosocial approach to formulation, management and trauma-informed care. The range of evidence-based pharmacological, biopsychosocial and lifestyle interventions for mental disorders will be introduced. Other topics will include somatic presentations of psychological and psychosocial problems, addiction medicine, old age psychiatry, youth mental health and doctors' health. Students will participate in casebased learning activities and assessments.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Brain and Mind Science

Code BMRI5019
Academic unit Brain and Mind Science
Credit points 6
BMRI5003 or BMRI5050
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Outline the process and important elements of a psychiatric assessment and apply these as appropriate in routine clinical practice
  • LO2. Diagnose patients presenting with major categories of mental illness including psychosis & schizophrenia, mood, anxiety and personality disorders and recommend evidence-based treatments according to a biopsychosocial framework
  • LO3. Describe the common aetiological and protective factors which influence the development of mental illness including biological and psychosocial factors such as complex trauma, and apply this knowledge in understanding the presentation of individual patients
  • LO4. Respond effectively to psychiatric emergencies including interpersonal and medical skills and the application of the mental health act where necessary
  • LO5. Discuss and apply the principles of therapeutic alliance, trauma-informed and recovery-focused care with patients presenting in acute or primary care settings
  • LO6. Discuss the major principles of psychodynamics and cognitive-behaviour therapy.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Distance education/intensive on campus Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Distance education/intensive on campus Remote
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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