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Postgraduate Courses
Psychological Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc)

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Master of Health Sciences - Mental Health

The Department of Psychological Medicine offers an endorsement in Mental Health for the Master of Health Sciences degree.

This provides an opportunity for students to pursue academic study in the specialist field of psychological medicine.

Further information about the Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Mental Health

Postgraduate Papers offered by the Department of Psychological Medicine

PSME 401 Nature, Extent and Assessment of Mental Disorders
Common mental disorders of children, adults and the elderly.

PSME 404 Assessment of Addiction and Co-Existing Disorders
A clinical paper addressing the full range of alcohol and drug disorders in terms of assessment, management planning and communicating clinical findings and recommendations.

PSME 405 Contemporary Approaches to Mental Health Practice 
Care systems for individuals, families and the community.

PSME 406 Special Topic

PSME 407 Forensic Psychiatry
The principles and practice of forensic psychiatry.

Note:Students will require evidence of suitable clinical experience to be admitted to this paper.

PSME 416 Applied Theory of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
A clinically focused paper addressing the biological, psychological and social basis of addiction and addictive behaviours, and implications for interventions.

PSME 418 Eating Disorders
The assessment, treatment and management of eating disorders.

Note: Students will require evidence of suitable clinical experience to be admitted to this paper.

PSME 422 Treatment of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
A companion clinical paper to PSME 404 covering a full range of issues related to the clinical management of people with alcohol and drug disorder.

PSME 424 Pharmacotherapy of Addiction and Co-existing Disorders
A clinical paper addressing the use of medications in the treatment of people with addiction problems including common co-existing psychiatric and medical disorders, with a particular focus on opoid substitution treatment.

Note: Students must have worked clinically for at least two years before commencing this paper and at the time of undertaking this paper must be working clinically in a therapeutic setting which includes patients with alcohol and drug problems.

PSME 426 Advanced Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Provides an understanding of the advanced use of interpersonal psychotherapy for depression and a critical understanding of how IPT has been developed for other disorders.

Note: Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.

PSME 427 Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Outlines the processes involved in establishing interpersonal psychotherapy into a mental health service. This will allow individuals to gain an advanced knowledge of the theory and skills of interpersonal psychotherapy.

Prerequisite: At least one of PSME 425 or PSME 426

PSME 428 Psycho-oncology
A course designed for clinicians working in the areas of oncology, palliative care, or the general hospital setting. It includes study of the psychological adaptation to cancer and interventions relevant to this setting.

PSME 429 An Introduction to Suicidal Behaviours, Research and Prevention
A paper providing a comprehensive introduction to suicide behaviours, research, and prevention. Suitable for practitioners and postgraduate students from a wide cross-section of the health workforce.

PSME 432 An Introduction to Perinatal Psychiatry
Assessment and management of psychiatric disorders during pregnancy and the first postnatal year.

Note: Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.

PSME 433 An Introduction to Infant Mental Health
Topic cover normal and interrupted brain development in utero and up to the age of 3 years, the importance of attachment and care and protection concerns.

Note: Candidates must possess an appropriate health professional qualification and have at least two years postgraduate clinical experience.

NURS 403 Mental Health Nursing Practice
Provision of a theoretical basis for mental health nursing through the use of a problem based learning approach, and the incorporation of critical social theory as a basis for reflection on mental health nursing practice.

NURS 404 Advanced Mental Health Nursing
Advanced clinical practice in a mental health nursing context. Critique of practice and the application of research and theoretical principles to mental health nursing practice.

Prerequisites: NURS 403 and two years' clinical experience in a mental health context.

NURS 409 Mental Health Nursing Practicum
Practicum offering clinical knowledge and skills for specialist mental health nursing and mental health care delivery. Critique of practice and application of research and theoretical principles to mental health nursing clinical practice.

Note: Limited to nurses with no more than six months clinical experience in a mental health specialty.